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. As part of Basketball without Borders, the NBA has created and dedicated 50 of these safe places outside the United States and Canada.

The program has featured 350 NBA players, coaches and team personnel from 30 different teams as camp coaches and mentors for over 1,500 young athletes from more than 100 countries and territories. Since its inaugural year in 2001, 24 BWB camps have taken place in 13 cities and 11 countries on five continents. In 2010, BWB took place in Singapore, Senegal and Barcelona, Spain.