BWB Europe 2012 Wraps Up In Brilliant Final Day
The final day of Basketball without Borders Europe got off to a very colorful start at Children’s Home #59 in Moscow, where NBA Cares partnered with Kirilenko’s Kids to refurbish a basketball court. Ten children from the home greeted NBA/FIBA players and coaches with a traditional Russian welcome of bread and salt. The children were all dressed in bright Russian folk outfits and entertained the audience with a traditional dance. The director of the children’s home spoke and thanked Kirilenko, his foundation, and the NBA for their involvement in refurbishing the court, now complete with four baskets, bleachers and several basketballs to get the kids started.
Back at the Igrovoy Sport Complex there was a girl’s clinic, organized by the Russian Basketball Federation, in partnership with the NBA. After getting some exercise and playing advice from several of the Basketball without Borders participants, the girls all filled the stands to get ready for the All-Star game. The camp’s final and most anticipated event, the 2012 BWB Europe All-Star game featured the strongest players who were selected the night before by the coaching staff with input from the scouts in attendance.
The teams, simply known as ‘Red’ and ‘White,’ were evenly matched at the start, both coming off the bench strong. The Red squad was coached by Minnesota Timberwolves Player Development Coach David Adelman, assisted by NBA player Brian Cardinal and NBA Legend Sarunas Marciulionis. Denver Nuggets Assistant Coach Melvin Hunt led the White squad, along with Turkish Basketball Federation coach Ozan Havuzlu.
The crowd got the first All-Star moment at the end of the first quarter, when a long three-point buzzer beater fell, to put the Red team at 18, leading by four. Half-time saw the Red team with an even bigger lead of 39-22. While the coaches talked strategy, fans made some noise for the little volunteers in the Dress and Dribble contest and a couple players who tested their accuracy in the Three-Point contest. The whistle blew and the second half was underway with the White team chipping away at the Red team’s first half lead.
Cheering on the White team, the girl’s clinic participants clearly wanted Hunt’s team to come from behind for the win. Only down seven points with 2:10 on the clock, the White team pushed hard, but just couldn’t close the gap. Adelman’s team took the win, with a final score of 65-60.
Trophies were then given out to the game’s MVP, the camp’s MVP and the Three-Point contest winner. Each took a photo holding their prizes from Nike with the Kirilenko, Shved and Mozgov. The 11th BWB Europe concluded with players saying goodbye to their teammates and competitors, having played hard, fought language barriers and made the four-day camp count. Until next year!
Day 3 at BWB Europe Brings Wall-to-Wall Action in Moscow
The competition heated up on day three of the 11th Basketball without Borders Europe in Moscow as campers hit the court in the morning in preparation for their games later in the day. The morning’s skills stations featured the participating current and former NBA and FIBA players and coaches taking the time to really break down defensive positioning, shooting technique and off ball movement. Kirilenko jokingly said “The coaches know the mechanics and what should work, but as players, we have the experience to know what really does work and what doesn’t.”
With the campers taking a break, the court was free for the community event. NBA Cares invited over 50 Russian Special Olympics athletes to take part in a range of activities with the BWB players and coaches, including dribbling drills, a shooting station, ladders, and passing. Energy was high in the gym as the event culminated in all the children, aged 8-18, taking part in a relay race while being cheered on by all of the participants.
After lunch the campers geared up for the second day of games. Each team has been assigned an NBA team name, according to their coaching staff. Brooklyn Nets assistant coach Mario Elie coaches none other than the Nets who took another win today in the first set of games. FIBA Legend Sergei Panov joined Assistant General Manager of the New Orleans Hornets Tim Connelly as they coached their Hornets to a double overtime with Elie’s Nets, but could not quite secure the win.
Competition was fierce throughout all four games, with a record total of four overtime periods. Player development coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves David Adelman led his Timberwolves to victory against the Nuggets in their first game. They stopped the Nets from going two for two in overtime, winning by a mere three points. Denver Nuggets Assistant Coach Melvin Hunt coached his team to overtime, but Connelly’s Hornets took the win in the finals seconds of the game time.
All the players walked off the court hoping they put enough in to be chosen by this expert panel for the camp’s crowning event on Day 4, the All-Star game
Skills On Display on Day 2 of BWB Europe
The second day of Basketball without Borders Europe in Moscow began with Danny Green (San Antonio Spurs) and MarShon Brooks (Brooklyn Nets) gathering the campers for a Life Skills seminar. The theme was focused around leadership. The two NBA players highlighted trust, communication and reliability as key attributes of a leader. They brought these lessons to life with a blindfold trust exercise, involving one player wearing a blindfold and tasked with navigating a small obstacle course, while his teammate directed him.
It demonstrated the importance of good listening skills and trusting one’s teammates, with a lot of laughter thrown in. Danny shared some of his insight into becoming a professional athlete, impressing on the young basketball players that coaches and personnel at the professional level do take note of players’ off-the-court attitudes and habits, saying “It’s important to carry yourself as a professional at all times.”
The morning continued with skills stations focused on shooting, moves off the dribble, and individual defense, each aimed at building up the campers’ fundamental skills. NBA players Alexey Shved, Andrei Kirilenko, Brian Cardinal, Danny Green, MarShon Brooks and Timofey Mozgov all encouraged the campers to work hard, along with the NBA and FIBA coaches and legends.
After lunch the campers headed back to the courts to play team games, each hoping to get one step closer to making the All-Star selection on the last day of camp. Meanwhile, the NBA players and some of the coaching staff made their way to School 59 in Moscow for the NBA FIT Clinic. American and Russian players spent time on the court with more than 60 school children, showing them fun ways to stay healthy and active, with stations like jump roping, relay races, ladders and of course, lay-ups. Basketballs and apparel were also provided to the school through NBA Cares.
This evening the campers were treated to some special NBA videos, games and snacks before getting some rest to be able to play hard on day three.
Twenty-Five Nations Come Together as One, As BWB Europe Opens in Moscow
The 11th edition of Basketball without Borders Europe tipped off with some words of wisdom for the group of campers at the Igrovoy Sports Complex in Moscow today. Camp Director Marin Sedlacek opened the orientation with a warm welcome to the campers, who traveled from over 25 European nations to take part in this established program. Sedlacek provided campers with an overview of upcoming activities and tested their knowledge about the game and its history. He also shared inspirational stories with the group about basketball greats and encouraged them to never give up.
Things got a little lighter when Nike’s Rich Scheubrooks got the group excited about the camp through some interactive activities. Melvin Hunt, assistant coach of the Denver Nuggets, spoke to the group about the incredible opportunity the camp provides and advised that they give it their all because you never know where it could lead, telling the campers "You just never know who is watching you - it is important to put your best foot forward." He emphasized the importance of repetition in order to improve your game. NBA player Brian Cardinal then welcomed the campers and told them how thrilled he is to be part of his first BWB. He let them know that they must challenge themselves in order to be the best and how essential it is to recognize your strengths, as well as what you need to focus on and improve.
Everyone’s attention then turned to the press conference where campers and attendees had their first look at all of the participants, including MarShon Brooks of the Brooklyn Nets, Timofey Mozgov of the Denver Nuggets and NBA Legend Sarunas Marciulonis, among others. Russian Federation President Alexander Krasnenkov tipped off the press conference, followed by Zoran Radovic of FIBA and NBA executives Dan Markham and Kim Bohuny. Minnesota Timberwolves’ Andrei Kirilenko wrapped up the event with words of encouragement for the 50 campers.
The campers immediately got down to business. With 21 BWB campers having gone on to the NBA since the program’s inception, they had good reason to start out strong.
The day concluded with scrimmages, allowing the coaches to evaluate the diverse talent on hand. Day one finished with the Basketball without Borders Draft where the NBA and FIBA coaches selecting their teams for the remainder of camp.
The campers departed in high spirits, excited to take on day two of the camp.
First-Ever Basketball Without Borders in Russia Tips Sept. 13
NEW YORK, Sept. 6, 2012 – The National Basketball Association (NBA), International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the Russian Basketball Federation will host Basketball without Borders (BWB) Europe in Russia for the first time. Taking place in Moscow from Sept. 13 – 16, the camp will be led by Russian NBA players Minnesota Timberwolves' Andrei Kirilenko and Alexey Shved, and the Denver Nuggets' Timofey Mozgov. BWB is the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development program that uses the sport to create positive social change in the areas of education and health and wellness.
BWB Europe will feature current and former NBA players, former FIBA players and NBA team personnel as camp coaches for up to 50 of the most talented young basketball players from more than 25 European countries. NBA players and coaches will also take part in community outreach activities as part of NBA Cares, the league's global social responsibility program.
Along with the three NBA players who helped Russia capture the bronze medal in men’s basketball at the 2012 Summer Olympics, additional camp participants will include NBA players MarShon Brooks (Brooklyn Nets), Danny Green (San Antonio Spurs) and Brian Cardinal, NBA Legend Sarunas Marciulonis, and former NBA player Alexander Volkov (Atlanta Hawks). Russian basketball legends will also be on hand to assist the NBA/FIBA coaches and players, including Dmitri Domani and Sergei Panov (both formerly of CSKA Moscow), and Soviet Union Olympic gold medalists Sergei Tarakanov and Valeri Tikhonenko.
“Russia has a strong and growing affinity for the game of basketball and we are excited to bring Basketball without Borders here for the very first time,” said NBA Europe Vice President Dan Markham. “We look forward to working with our colleagues at FIBA and the Russian Basketball Federation to further develop the game across the country and help showcase the positive effect it can have among youth both on and off the court.”
“I am delighted to see that Basketball without Borders will be making its first visit to Russia this year," said Patrick Baumann, Secretary General of FIBA and a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). “BWB gives young people from all over the world the opportunity and tools to improve and showcase their basketball skills by learning from the best players and coaches around. Over the course of eleven years, the NBA and FIBA have also enabled these young athletes to become positive role models in their communities.”
Since its inception in 2001, 30 BWB camps have been staged in 17 cities in 15 countries. Nearly 140 current and former NBA/WNBA players have joined with more than 100 NBA coaches and NBA team personnel as camp coaches and mentors for more than 1,500 different campers from just over 100 countries. To date, 21 BWB campers have been drafted into the NBA.
Nike, a BWB global partner since 2002, will again outfit the campers and coaches of all three camps with Nike apparel and footwear.
“Basketball without Borders not only provides top level basketball instruction, but also teaches characteristics that are key to success in life, such as hard work, dedication, teamwork, and sportsmanship,” said Lynn Merritt, Vice President, Global Basketball Sports Marketing, Nike. “We are proud to continue to work with the NBA and FIBA who share our commitment to developing talent around the world.”
2012 Basketball Without Borders, Europe Fact Sheet
Sept. 13 – 16, 2012
Up to 50 of the most talented young players from more than 25 European nations born in 1995 or later.
FIBA/NBA/WNBA COACHES & PARTICIPANTS
|Marshon Brooks||Brooklyn Nets||USA|
|Brian Cardinal||NBA Player||USA|
|Dmitri Domani||Former NBA Player||Russia|
|Danny Green||San Antonio Spurs||USA|
|Andrei Kirilenko||Minnesota Timberwolves||Russia|
|Timofey Mozgov||Denver Nuggets||Russia|
|Alexey Shved||Minnesota Timberwolves||Russia|
|Sarunas Marciulonis||NBA Legend||Lithuania|
|Sergei Panov||Former FIBA Player||Russia|
|Sergei Tarakanov||Former FIBA Player||Russia|
|Valeri Tikhonenko||Former FIBA Player||Russia|
|Alexander Volkov||Former FIBA Player||Ukraine|
|Mario Elie||Brooklyn Nets||USA|
|David Adelman||Minnesota Timberwolves||USA|
|Melvin Hunt||Denver Nuggets||USA|
|Tim Connelly||New Orleans Hornets||USA|
|Chamique Holdsclaw||WNBA Legend||USA|
|Anthony Goenaga||NY Knicks||USA|
|Marin Sedlacek||FIBA Coach||Serbia|
- Up to 50 of the most talented young players from more than 25 countries throughout Europe (born 1995 or later).
- Players selected by FIBA, NBA and participating federations with input from international FIBA/ NBA players from the region.
PRESS CONFERENCES & APPEARANCES:
- Press conferences will be scheduled to announce the camp and to answer questions from the local media.
- Players will be divided into four teams.
- Each team will be coached by a FIBA/NBA player and a FIBA/NBA coach.
- There will be daily clinics in the morning to teach fundamentals (passing, shooting, dribbling, one-on-one moves, offense, defense, etc.)
- Each drafted team will have designated time to practice their camp offense.
- Games will be scheduled for the afternoons and evenings and played in a “round robin” format.
- All participating players will be outfitted with Nike apparel and given a Nike gym bag containing mesh practice gear, socks and Nike shoes.
- The focus of the social responsibility efforts during Basketball without Borders Europe will be grassroots basketball development, youth and family development and health and wellness.
- Community outreach efforts will include the dedication of a refurbished basketball court at Children’s Home Number 59, an NBA FIT clinic for students at School 59, and a basketball clinic in partnership with Special Olympics Russia.
- Daily motivational life-skills seminars will be conducted for the campers on various topics such as leadership, character development, gender equity, education and health-related issues.
- The camp also features a product donation for local community partners that include school supplies, toys, clothing and other necessities.