First-Ever BWB Global Camp Wraps Up From New York

The NBA and FIBA tipped-off the first-ever Basketball without Borders Global Camp today at Baruch College in Manhattan. Thirty-nine of the top 16-18 year olds from 23 countries around the world converged on New York City during All-Star 2015. The campers worked on movement efficiency and did positional skill work, shooting and skill competitions, and 5-on-5 scrimmaging with BWB alum Danilo Gallinari of the Denver Nuggets, and NBA coaches Kaleb Canales of the Dallas Mavericks, Jama Mahlalela of the Toronto Raptors, and James Moran and David Vanterpool of the Portland Trail Blazers. For the shooting competition, campers divided into four regional teams: Africa, Europe, Asia/Pacific and Latin America.

The campers also participated in a life-skills seminars focusing on character-building and leadership development and attended the NBA FIT All-Star Celebration in the afternoon. In the evening, they watched up-and-coming international players in the newly reformatted BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge, where they saw three former BWB campers: Gorgui Dieng (Senegal; BWB Africa 2009; Minnesota Timberwolves), Nikola Mirotic (Montenegro; BWB Europe 2008; Chicago Bulls), as well as Kelly Olynyk (Canada; BWB Americas 2009; Boston Celtics), who did not participate due to injury.

BWB Global Camp Recap – Day 2

After seeing three former BWB campers at the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge at Barclays Center on Friday night, the campers returned for Day 2 of the inaugural BWB Global camp on Saturday in front of a large contingent of team personnel and media. Before on-court work, the campers met with former BWB camper Gorgui Dieng, who told the campers to take advantage of the opportunity to learn from NBA players and coaches. Notable attendees on Day 2 included NBA Ambassador to Africa Hakeem Olajuwon, Gheorghe Mureșan, Raja Bell and Adonal Foyle.

On the court, the campers did more positional skill work, shooting competitions, and scrimmaging. They also took time out to hear from Raptors President and General Manager Masai Ujiri, along with NBA Africa Managing Director Amadou Gallo Fall, about the importance of education, respect, and perseverance. The campers attended State Farm All-Star Saturday Night at Barclays Center, where they saw Stephen Curry win the 2015 Foot Locker Three-Point Contest and Zach Lavine win The 2015 Sprite Slam Dunk.

BWB Global Camp Recap – Day 3

The campers returned for the final day of the camp on Sunday morning at Baruch. After more positional drills and scrimmaging, the European team won the shooting competition that took place over the camp’s three days. At the end of the day, the campers heard from NBA Champions Tiago Splitter (Brazil; San Antonio Spurs) and Ron Harper, along with Gersson Rosas of the Houston Rockets, all of whom stressed hard work and the importance of findings way to improve as a person and a player every day. Dragan Bender (Croatia) was named MVP of the first-ever BWB Global Camp. The campers attended the 64th All-Star Game at Madison Square Garden before returning to their home countries, marking the end of what will become an annual All-Star tradition. The next BWB Global Camp will be held at All-Star 2016 in Toronto.
  • Basketball Without Borders Asia
    Melbourne, Australia: June 23-26
  • Basketball without Borders Europe
    Lohja, Finland: Sept. 7-10
  • Basketball without Borders Africa
    Luanda, Angola: Aug 31-Sept 3