Participants Selected for Basketball without Borders Europe 2005
Posted Jun 8 2005 3:20PM
The Best Players from 28 Countries across Europe to Take Part
PARIS – June 9, 2005 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) today announced the 49 participants selected for Basketball without Borders (BWB) Europe, a basketball instructional camp that incorporates seminars led by UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, addressing important social issues such as HIV/AIDS prevention and education.
The young players (ages 18 & under) from more than 31 countries across Europe were selected by FIBA and the NBA, based on their basketball skills, leadership abilities and dedication to the sport. Featuring McDonald’s, Molten, Nike and Spalding as BWB Marketing Partners, the camp is scheduled to take place at La Ghirada in Treviso, Italy July 28-31. The NBA’s Dirk Nowitzki of Germany and Andrei Kirilenko of Russia will lead a group of NBA players and team personnel as camp coaches.
"The stage is set once again for some of the best young basketball talent from across the continent to come together for first-class basketball instruction and valuable life-skill seminars”, said Becky Black, Managing Director, NBA Europe. “Through the NBA’s partnership with FIBA, the sport of basketball will once again provide a platform for young players of all different backgrounds to create lasting relationships both on and off the court. UNICEF’s participation will underscore the leadership qualities of these young athletes, and the social responsibility they assume in their home countries.”
The inaugural Basketball without Borders took place in Europe in July 2001. Since then, Basketball without Borders has expanded its reach to four continents. In addition to Europe, Basketball without Borders will take place in Asia for the first time in Beijing, China July 14-17. The second annual Basketball without Borders Africa will return to Johannesburg, South Africa September 7-12 and Basketball without Borders Americas will head to Buenos Aires, Argentina June 30-July 4. To date, more than 440 youngsters from 72 different countries and territories have taken part in the NBA and FIBA program and Reading & Learning Centers have been created in South Africa and Brazil as part of its community outreach efforts in conjunction with the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA).
To promote friendship and diversity, the campers will be divided into teams without regard to race and nationality. They will share living quarters with their new teammates and participate in daily seminars that promote education, leadership, character, healthy living and HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention.
"We are very proud to announce the fifth consecutive Basketball without Borders Europe camp and a return to La Ghirada in Treviso," said FIBA's Development Manager Zoran Radovic. "Based on past success, the camp has become the most complete camp experience in Europe, where FIBA and the NBA work together to emphasize the importance of hard work, dedication, teamwork and sportsmanship to campers. With the help of UNICEF, the message of HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention to participants will provide additional value and make this event unique in the basketball world."
“The compelling concept, Basketball without Borders, is a clear affirmation of the collaborative efforts of the NBA, FIBA and Nike to reach deep into all basketball communities in an effort to identify and fuel interest, understanding and participation,” said George H. Raveling, Nike Inc. Global Basketball Sports Marketing Director. “We are immensely pleased that Nike can join with the NBA and FIBA in this fusion of friendship and cooperation.
The NBA and FIBA also will donate products, such as basketballs, rims and sporting goods to local basketball federations. Owned and operated by United Colors of Benetton, La Ghirada in Treviso, Italy will host the event for the fourth time. Campers will have the opportunity to practice their basketball skills in the professional surroundings of the Benetton Treviso basketball team. During the three-day basketball camp, Nike will provide all participants with apparel and footwear. McDonald's will promote messaging on the importance of balanced, active lifestyles and have on-site presence.
Other NBA players taking part in Basketball without Borders Europe include Utah Jazz Gordan Giricek ( Croatia), Charlotte Bobcats Primoz Brezec ( Slovenia), and Milwaukee Bucks Zaza Pachulia (Georgia). In addition NBA team personnel Tony Barone (Memphis Grizzlies), Greg Ballard (Atlanta Hawks), Mike Wells (Los Angeles Lakers), Paul Westhead (Orlando Magic) and Denver Nuggets Head Coach George Karl also will help coach the camp. Former NCAA coach Rick Majerus also will take part. Marin Sedlacek (Serbia and Montenegro), who is a FIBA Expert for Europe, Asia and Africa with 25 years of coaching experience, will oversee as camp director for the fifth time.
The following is a complete list of players participating in Basketball without Borders Europe 2005: