Basketball Without Borders, Europe 2013

BWB Europe 2013 Wraps From Portugal

Basketball without Borders Europe 2013 wrapped up Sunday with an All-Star game featuring the top 20 players from the past four days, as selected by the coaching staff. The white team -- coached by Jim Boylen, Jamahl Mosley, and Nate Robinson -- started off the game strong, but were hoping to come from behind for the win. They almost closed the gap to bring the game to overtime with a last second free-throw opportunity. With the shot bouncing off the back of the rim, the red team- coached by Ticha Penicheiro, Sam Perkins, Terry Porter, and Jack Sikma – secured the hard-fought win, 65-64.

Halftime saw the coaches squeeze in a pep talk and the 3-point shooting contest. The winner, Federico Mussini (Italy) was also named Nike Camp MVP for his strong performance through the entirety of the camp. Akif Egemen Guven (Turkey) won the Nike All-Star Game MVP award for his impressive play in his team’s win. Following awards, the camp closed with a message from Camp Director Marin Sedlacek who encouraged players to take what they’ve learned and continue honing their skills.
BWB Europe Rolls Into Final Day

Carlos Boozer (Chicago Bulls) began the day at NBA Youth Camp where he spoke to the young players about working hard, but to always remember to enjoy the game. He also got involved in drills and made sure to sign each camper’s jersey. Back at the Complexo Municipal dos Desportos, skills stations opened day three, with campers running through game plays before competition began.

The Chicago Bulls, led by NBA Legend and Minnesota Timberwolves Assistant Coach Jack Sikma, claimed the Basketball without Borders Europe 2013 Camp Championship with a victory over the San Antonio Spurs. This evening, coaches will come together to select five players from each team to participate in tomorrow’s All-Star game.
Girls Camp Highlights Day 2 in Portugal

Day Two of Basketball Without Borders Europe got off to an early start with a Life Skills session focusing on leadership, led by Nate Robinson (Denver Nuggets). The highlight was an exercise to demonstrate the importance of communication where campers paired up, one wearing a blindfold, the other guiding him through cones with verbal directions. Nate got involved and gave the group a laugh when he volunteered to be blindfolded and gave it his best shot.

The boys then broke into skill stations with their new teams based on last night’s draft. The afternoon's games saw close scores and an overtime, promising a tightly contested final. Meanwhile, Nate and Carlos Boozer (Chicago Bulls) joined WNBA Legend Ticha Penicheiro at the Girls’ camp for a question and answer session. Nate told how he was taught to play by his older female cousin and Carlos shared how he used those who doubted him as motivation. As a kid, he was asked what he wanted to be when he grew up and hearing he wanted to play in the NBA, his teacher said he was more likely to end up working at the local gas station. After he made it to the league, Carlos went home and bought that gas station. Inspired by the encouraging stories, the Girls started game competition where each team got to enjoy playing with Ticha, one of the Top 15 All-Time WNBA players.
Basketball Without Borders, Europe Tips off from Portugal

The 12th edition of Basketball without Borders Europe got underway on Thursday morning in Almada, Portugal with a Life Skills session, where NBA Legend Sam Perkins spoke to campers about his time in the league, what it was like playing with Michael Jordan and how his preparation set him apart from other players. Campers then stayed put for the opening press conference at the Complexo Municipal dos Desportos.

Local WNBA Legend Ticha Penicheiro headed to the Girls' camp while skills stations gave coaches like Sam, Nate Robinson (Denver Nuggets), and Carlos Boozer (Chicago Bulls) a chance to observe the 50 young players from 28 European countries and territories. Evaluation scrimmages followed, which helped staff when it was time to draft them into camp teams this evening. Rounding out a successful first day, NBA players and coaches ran an NBA Cares basketball clinic for 35 Special Olympics athletes and local youth from Almada and Lisbon, leading the enthusiastic group through warm-up exercises and passing, shooting and dribbling drills.
NBA Players and Coaches to Mentor Top Talent, Lead Outreach at BWB Europe 2013
ALMADA and LONDON - Basketball without Borders (BWB) will take place in Portugal for the first time it was announced today by the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). The camp that brings together 50 of the top young players 18 and under from across Europe, is the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program.

The 2013 edition of BWB Europe will take place in Almada, Portugal from August 15 – 18 and will feature the Chicago Bulls’ Carlos Boozer, the Denver Nuggets’ Nate Robinson and NBA Legend Sam Perkins. Portuguese native and WNBA Legend Ticha Penicheiro will also lead a girl’s camp for 40 local players.

As part of the daily camp schedule, participants will also take part in life-skills seminars on a range of topics such as leadership, character development, and leading a healthy lifestyle. Through NBA Cares, the NBA players and coaches will also partner with the Portuguese Special Olympics to host a Special Olympics clinic with local athletes.

The coaching staff at BWB Europe is comprised of NBA coaches and former NBA players: Jim Boylen (San Antonio Spurs), Patrick Hunt (FIBA Coach/WABC President), Jamahl Mosley (Cleveland Cavaliers), Terry Porter, and Jack Sikma (Minnesota Timberwolves).

“It is wonderful to be welcoming Basketball without Borders Europe 2013 to Portugal for the first time and to be recognized, along with the Municipality of Almada and the Secretary of State for Sport and Youth, by the one of world’s largest sports organizations,” said Mário Saldanha, President of the Portuguese Basketball Federation. “BWB is an event that involves talented players, coaches, judges and leaders and presents the unique opportunity for Portuguese Basketball to work alongside some of the best in the world at what they do.”

"It is with great honor and special satisfaction that the municipality of Almada will be receiving Basketball without Borders, marking the first time that such a program has taken place in Portugal,” said Maria Emília Guerreiro Neto de Sousa, Mayor of the Municipality of Almada. “Backing physical activity, in this case basketball, while supporting a solidarity initiative and projects from local associations, is highly valued and deserves our recognition and involvement, given that we are the City of Sport and Solidarity.”

"We are thrilled to welcome Basketball without Borders to Portugal for the first time," said Benjamin Morel, NBA Senior Vice President, Europe. “BWB gives the top young basketball players from across Europe the opportunity to improve and showcase their basketball skills by learning from an experienced team of NBA and WNBA legends, players and coaches. The camp seeks not only to provide elite training, but also to equip campers with the tools for success on and off the court.”

Nike, a BWB global partner since 2002, will 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.”

Since its inception, the NBA and FIBA have staged 33 BWB camps in 20 cities in 17 countries. More than 140 different current and former NBA/WNBA players have joined with more than 100 NBA coaches to act as mentors for more than 1,900 campers from just over 100 countries, with 27 BWB campers drafted into the NBA.

BWB Americas will return to Buenos Aires, Argentina from July 25-28, with Johannesburg the venue for the 11th edition of BWB Africa, taking place from August 29 – September 1.