Basketball without Borders Americas will take place July 31-Aug. 3 in São Paulo, Brazil. The NBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program uses the sport to influence positive social change and features dozens of current and former NBA players and team personnel as camp coaches. Brazilian natives Nenê of the Denver Nuggets, Leandro Barbosa of the Phoenix Suns, Anderson Varejao of the Cleveland Cavaliers and Rafael Araujo of the Utah Jazz and a host of NBA stars will act as coaches for the young athletes across the region.
Video Recap of BWB in São Paulo Brazil
Participants selected for BWB Americas 2007
The National Basketball Association (NBA), the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the Brazilian Basketball Federation (CBB) announced the 50 participants, including 12 from Brazil, selected for Basketball without Borders (BWB) Americas 2007.
Anderson Varejao share with the campers at on the final day
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São Paulo Brazil, August 3st, 2007 - On the final day of Basketball Without Borders Americas 2007, NBA Cares activities culminated with a player visit to Projeto AMA, a home founded in 2000 by Hospital Samaritano to provide free medical attention to children in need. NBA players spent quality time with the kids and their mothers, playing interactive games and participating in nutritional seminars about healthy living.
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Kyle Korver play with the kids in the newly refurbished basketball court.
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São Paulo Brazil, August 3st, 2007 - The third day of BWB Americas began with a special Life Skills Seminar focusing on the Character and Qualities of a Leader, led by Conectas. Campers learned about essential skills to becoming a leader, while keeping true to teamwork and sportsmanship. Team practices continued later in the day, revolving around core basketball skills.
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Kids were thrilled to share the court with
São Paulo Brazil, August 1st, 2007 - The NBA and FIBA celebrated the official launch of BWB Americas 2007 in Sao Paulo with an opening press conference at Esporte Clube Pinheiros on Wednesday, August 1. More than 67 members of the media including the country's top TV, print, Internet and radio outlets turned out to see Brazil 's own Nene, Leandrinho, Varejao and Vinicius, as they came together with NBA colleagues, FIBA officials, the President of the Brazilian Basketball Confederation and the Head Coach of the Brazilian Men's National Team.
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NBA players shot exclusive interviews with NBA TV NBAE/Getty Images.
São Paulo Brazil July 31, 2007 - Before assuming the roles of camp coaches for Basketball Without Borders Americas 2007, which officially starts today at Esporte Clube Pinheiros in Sao Paulo, Brazil, participating NBA players shot exclusive interviews with NBA TV on the rooftop of one of the city's hot spots, Hotel Unique. Brazil's own Anderson Varejao also made a splash arrival in his hometown with a live debut interview on MTV Brasil's Rock n Gol. Read More>>
Photos: Varejao appears on MTV Rockgol in Brazil.
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July 30: BWB Americas kicks off in Sao Paulo, Brazil
Upopn arrival, campers received Nike basketball gear. Bruno Miani, NBAE
São Paulo Brazil July 30, 2007 - Just a day before the official start of Basketball without Borders Americas 2007 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, excitement runs high among campers.
The 50 participants (ages 19 & under) from more than 17 countries across Latin America and the Caribbean, including 12 from Brazil, began arriving in the city of Sao Paulo on Sunday, July 30. Upopn arrival, campers received Nike basketball gear that included shoes, practice and game jerseys, shorts and sports bags.
This year, participating countries include Antigua & Barbuda, Argentina, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Uruguay, Venezuela and the Virgin Islands.