Basketball without Border Information

-- NBA/FIBA coaches and players to train and mentor over 150 top players from three continents --


NEW YORK, June 4, 2009 – U.S. Olympians Carlos Boozer, Chris Bosh, and Dwight Howard will headline Basketball without Borders 2009 it was announced today by the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). Basketball without Borders (BWB) is the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development program that uses the sport to create positive social change in the areas of education, health and wellness. The camps will be held in Beijing, China, Mexico City, Mexico and Johannesburg, South Africa.

“Basketball without Borders helps us to grow the game of basketball and bring attention to important social issues that affect communities around the world,” said Kathleen Behrens, NBA Executive Vice President, Social Responsibility and Player Programs. “We know that by teaching the values of the game - teamwork, sportsmanship, hard work, and healthy living our current and former players and coaches can also make a lasting impact on communities in need.”

Two NBA players will bring the camp to their home countries this summer. Houston Rockets center Yao Ming will lead Basketball without Borders Asia in Beijing, China July 30 to Aug. 2 and Basketball without Borders Americas will feature Eduardo Najera of the New Jersey Nets in Mexico City, Mexico from Aug. 6 to 9. For the seventh consecutive year, Basketball without Borders Africa will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa from Sept. 2 to 6 starring Boozer, Bosh, Howard and Slam Dunk champion New York Knicks’ Nate Robinson.

“Basketball without Borders is a unique program in that it emphasizes more than basketball skills in top-young talent” said FIBA Development Director Zoran Radovic. “Campers benefit from both the highest level of basketball instruction and they are also equipped with the tools to make a positive impact among their peers and become role-models in their communities.”

The top youth players 19 and under from Asia, 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. Campers will be divided into teams independent of race, religion or nationality to promote friendship and diversity. 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. Through NBA Cares, the league’s social responsibility initiative, NBA players and coaches will participate in extensive community outreach programs with local non-profit organizations including the creation of places for children and families to live, learn or play.

Nike, a BWB partner since 2002, will again outfit the campers and coaches with Nike apparel. “Basketball without Borders teaches young basketball players the importance of hard work, dedication, teamwork and sportsmanship,” said George Raveling, Global Director, Nike Basketball Sports Marketing. “These are all vital attributes to the young campers, which will serve them well in the future both on and off the court, and we are proud to be working with the NBA and FIBA to promote these values.”

For more information contact:
Rachel Walsh, NBA International PR: (212) 407-8058, rwalsh@nba.com
Marcos Beltra, FIBA Press Director: +41 (22) 545 00 00, beltra@fiba.com

Beijing, People’s Republic of China
July 30 – August 2, 2009
National Olympic Training Center Gymnasium
PLAYERS
Yao Ming
Dikembe Mutombo
Jason Terry
TEAM
Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
Dallas Mavericks
COACHES
Bob McAdoo
Gene Keady
Jim Lynam
Don Newman
Casey Smith***
Dean Cooper**
TEAM
Miami Heat
Coaching Legend
Philadelphia 76ers
San Antonio Spurs
Dallas Mavericks
Milwaukee Bucks
Marketing Partners: Nike, American Airlines, DHL
** Camp Director
***Athletic Trainer
Mexico City, Mexico
August 6 – 9, 2009
Centro Nacional de Desarrollo de Talentos y Alto Rendimiento
PLAYERS
Samuel Dalembert
Willie Green
Al Horford
Eduardo Najera
TEAM
Philadelphia 76ers
Philadelphia 76ers
Atlanta Hawks
New Jersey Nets
COACHES
Austin Ainge
Kenny Atkinson
Kelvin Sampson
Jack Sikma
Mark Boff***
Gersson Rosas**
TEAM
Boston Celtics
New York Knicks
Milwaukee Bucks
Houston Rockets
Milwaukee Bucks
Houston Rockets
Marketing Partners: Nike, American Airlines, Gatorade, EA Sports, Spalding
** Camp Director
***Athletic Trainer
Johannesburg, South Africa
September 2 – 6, 2009
American International School of Johannesburg
PLAYERS
Carlos Boozer
Chris Bosh
Dwight Howard
Luc Mbah A Moute*
Bob Lanier
Dikembe Mutombo
Joakim Noah
Vladimir Radmanovic
Nate Robinson
Tyrus Thomas
TEAM
Utah Jazz
Toronto Raptors
Orlando Magic
Milwaukee Bucks
NBA Legend
Houston Rockets
Chicago Bulls
Charlotte Bobcats
New York Knicks
Chicago Bulls
COACHES
Lance Blanks**
R.C. Buford**
Amadou Fall**
Joe Touomou**
Masai Ujiri**
Max Benton***
TEAM
Cleveland Cavaliers
San Antonio Spurs
Dallas Mavericks
NBA Scout
Toronto Raptors
Cleveland Cavaliers
Marketing Partners: Nike, South African Airways, EA Sports, Spalding, Sprite
* Former BWB Camper (2003)
** Camp Director
***Athletic Trainer