Basketball Without Borders Mission
Basketball without Borders (BWB) is the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program that unites young basketball players to promote the sport and encourage positive social change in the areas of education, health, and wellness.
The top youth players 19 and under from Asia, Europe, Latin America and Africa, as selected by the NBA, FIBA and participating federations, will train under NBA players and coaches and compete against their peers. NBA players will partner with local community groups to lead daily life-skills sessions focusing on the importance of education, leadership, character development, health and wellness. To promote friendship and diversity, the campers are divided into teams without regard to race and nationality.
The program has also reached countless others through its community relations outreach efforts in each region. Efforts usually culminate with an NBA Cares Legacy Project, which includes the creation of safe places where kids and families can live, learn or play.
Since its inaugural year in 2001, the NBA and FIBA have staged 45 BWB camps in 26 cities in 22 countries on five continents. BWB has hosted more than 2,500 participants from 130 countries and territories. More than 210 different current and former NBA/WNBA players have joined more than 160 NBA team personnel from all 30 NBA teams with 37 BWB campers drafted into the NBA.
In 2015, BWB included first-time camps in Gran Canaria, Spain and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, as well as a return to Johannesburg, South Africa. The second annual BWB Global Camp was held during NBA All-Star 2016 in Toronto and brought together the top 51 high-school age boys and girls from 27 countries and territories.