Basketball without Borders Europe finished its first-ever trip to Spain with full day of on court action, opening with a women's basketball clinic, continuing through the BWB Camp Championship -- won by Ron Adams and Jason Terry's Dallas Mavericks team -- and closing the BWB All-Star Game in Palau Blaugrana, home of FC Barcelona.
Basketball Without Borders Europe, Day 3
NBA Cares community outreach wrapped up today with a visit to XICS Santa Coloma, and FC Barcelona Solidari Center that provides children with educational support and encourages health and wellness. The NBA players and coaches sat with the children in the education center, playing games and decorating a banner with their handprints. The group moved to the gymnasium for a quick NBA fit clinic where the kids practiced passing, dribbling, shooting, and speed drills.
Meanwhile, back at the training center, the campers spent another day developing their skills in anticipation of the BWB Tournament, starting on Day 4.
Basketball Without Borders Europe, Day 2
Day Two in Barcelona brought another full schedule, with Serge Ibaka and Vladimir Radmanovic leading a Life Skills session for UNICEF in the morning, the NBA players visiting the Sant Joan de Deu Children’s Hospital in the afternoon and wall-to-wall competition all day long at the BWB training center.
The teams are evenly matched and it promises to be a competitive race for the title of BWB Champions.
Basketball Without Borders Europe, Day 1
The first-ever Basketball Without Borders in Spain is off, with Day One featuring basketball in all corners of the city.
In a full first day, hometown star Marc Gasol joined Marcus Camby, Serge Ibaka, Vladimir Radmanovic, Jason Terry and the camp coaches to open BWB Europe with an opening press conference at the FC Barcelona training facility, then spent the morning teaching some of the most promising talent in Barcelona and the afternoon evaluating their campers for the evening's BWB draft.
Later in the day, the NBA players traveled to the MUNDET Municipal Training Center to help lead a Special Olympic basketball clinic, bringing new skills and smiles to the 85 Special Olympians from Barcelona. Stay tuned for more on Day Two!
Gasols, Fernandez Come Home To Lead First-Ever Basketball Without Borders In Spain
Courtesy of Grizzlies.com
MEMPHIS, August 31, 2010 – Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol will help host the first Basketball Without Borders event to take place in Spain, the NBA announced today. Gasol will be joined by brother Pau Gasol (Los Angeles Lakers) and Rudy Fernandez (Portland Trail Blazers) at the program, which will take place in Marc’s hometown of Barcelona, Spain from Sept. 16-19 at Ciutat Esportiva Joan Gamper.
During the four-day camp, the Gasol brothers and Fernandez will coach the Top 50 players from across Europe, aged 19 and under, as selected by the NBA, FIBA and participating federations, in an effort to advance basketball and encourage positive social change in the areas of education and healthy living. At the event, campers will be divided into teams independent of their nationality in order to promote friendship and diversity.
A former BWB Europe camper, Gasol has averaged 13.1 points, 8.2 rebounds and 1.32 blocks on .555 shooting in 151 games (144 starts) over two seasons (2008-10) with the Grizzlies. The 7-1, 265-pound center, who is currently competing with the Spanish National Team at the 2010 FIBA World Championships in Turkey, showed significant progress in his sophomore season. The 25-year-old tied for second in voting for the 2009-10 NBA Most Improved Player Award and established a new single-season franchise record for field goal percentage (.581, 4th in the NBA).
Joining the three Spanish-born players are Marcus Camby (Portland Trail Blazers), Serge Ibaka (Oklahoma City Thunder), Vladimir Radmanovic (Golden State Warriors) and Jason Terry (Dallas Mavericks). NBA Assistant Coaches Ron Adams (Chicago Bulls) and Dick Harter (Indiana Pacers) will join as camp coaches.
In addition, through NBA Cares, the league’s social responsibility initiative, NBA players and coaches will participate in extensive community outreach programs with local non-profit organizations including basketball clinics, hospital visits and NBA Fit events.
Basketball Without Borders 2010 has featured over 40 NBA players and coaches. Earlier this month, Grizzlies center Hasheem Thabeet and Grizzlies Head Coach Lionel Hollins participated in the Basketball Without Borders Africa camp in Dakar, Senegal.
September 16 - 19, 2010