Basketball without Borders Asia Day 3 Recap
Posted Jul 19 2007 11:57AM
Shanghai, China July 8, 2007 - Today was the last day of the 2007 Basketball without Borders camp in Shanghai. It was an exciting day for the campers as they finished their regular team games and selected to the All-Star Dragon and Tiger teams, together with the 3-point shoot out. The day also had a very serious tone to it as the camp focused on HIV/AIDS awareness and education.
Children of HIV and AIDS
UNICEF China estimates that there are at least 140,000 children who have lost one or more parents to AIDS, and over 500,000 kids whose families have at least one infected parent. It is UNICEF China's idea that if the children affected by AIDS are given the proper support, they can rise above and reach their potential.
Today, at the BwB Asia camp the NBA players, Joan Chen, UNICEF China, the Fu Young AIDS orphan foundation, and Chi ling foundation took some time to share their stories of pain and triumph.
Joan Chen began by saying "I am an actress, but I am also a mother. Seeing children affected with HIV/AIDS gives me heartaches. Children affected by AIDS belong to all of us." She continued by praising the NBA for their tireless efforts in the fight against AIDS all over the world. Specifically, she spoke of Dikembe Mutombo for his million dollar contribution to build a hospital in Africa.
The focus of today's meeting was the desire to give these children support and to develop hope for a brighter future. The meeting then turned to the sharing of achievement and personal success and stories. The children affected by AIDS stood one by one and told their heartfelt stories of loss and eventual success.
Next the NBA players were asked to share their ideas. Yao Ming stood up first stating that "he was happy to see the same kids from before", and "because they are looking happy and healthy." He ended by saying that ížI hope today will be a new beginning."
Adonal Foyal added "We will take your stories home and share them."
The session ended with an exchange of gifts and hugs, followed by playing some basketball with their new friends.
HIV/AIDS - "It's All About Risk"
With all the campers seated in a large circle, Ken Legins of UNICEF China began explaining that HIV/AIDS is a global issue. He stated the hard facts about HIV/AIDS, and statistics associated with almost every different region from which the campers came from.
After establishing that HIV/AIDS is a global problem Ken started explaining how important it is to know risk involved with every decision that we make. He then handed out a series of scenarios on pieces of paper, and with the help of the translators, the campers worked together with their respective language groups to assign these scenarios to one of the risk groups; ether high, medium, low and no risk.
After the campers assigned their scenarios Ken asked them to explain their choices. With very few exceptions they were correct in their assignments, and if the campers made mistakes Ken was there to help explain why the behavior was either risky or not.
He continued by adding that these young men are going be role models for the people at home, and they have a social duty to behave responsibly.
In front of 300 plus fans, the Dragons put on a shooting display early, and due to excellent defense they put up a 31 to 21 half-time lead over the Tigers.
The second half was just as exciting as the first with great efforts from both sides. A special mention goes to Emad Salmani of Iran who played with a ferocious effort at both ends of the court. Due to in part to Salmani's efforts by the last minute the Tigers had pulled within 5 points, but the Dragons held on to win 52-46.
The three point contest was also heated as Dilawar Singh of India hitting 10 of his 12 shots edged out Chieng-Lung Wu of Chinese Taipei who could only muster 8 of his 12 shots. All together it was a very exciting game and worthy of the NBA and the BWB.