Top 100 Athletes Selected for Basketball without Borders Africa
Posted Aug 31 2007 12:34PM
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA – AUG. 31, 2007 – The top 100 teenage basketball players from Africa selected to participate in Basketball without Borders were announced today by the National Basketball Association (NBA), the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), and Basketball South Africa (BSA). Basketball without Borders is the NBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program, which uses the sport to influence positive social change, and features dozens of current and former NBA players and team personnel as camp coaches
The young players (ages 19 & under) from 21 African countries were selected by FIBA and the NBA based on their basketball skills, leadership abilities and dedication to the sport. Basketball without Borders Africa, scheduled to take place Sept. 5-9, will return to the American International School of Johannesburg for the fifth time since 2003.
For four days the campers will work hard to improve their skills through drills, scrimmages, and competitions with top instruction from NBA players and coaches. Teams will form without regard to race or nationality to promote friendship and diversity. The campers will also participate in life skills sessions, in partnership with Hoops 4 Hope, in which NBA players will speak about the importance of education, leadership, character, healthy living, and HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention.
For the fifth consecutive year, Houston Rockets center Dikembe Mutombo, who in 2007 received special recognition during the United States President’s State of the Union Address for his charitable work, will lead the camp in South Africa. San Antonio Spurs forward Bruce Bowen, Charlotte Bobcats center Primoz Brezec, Atlanta Hawks guard-forward Josh Childress, Orlando Magic forward Pat Garrity, Phoenix Suns center Sean Marks, Sacramento Kings guard Kevin Martin, New Jersey Nets forward Bostjan Nachbar, New York Knicks forward Malik Rose, and former NBA players Steve Smith and Jim Jackson, who will be making his third visit to South Africa. Hall of Famer Bob Lanier will attend the camp and help to lead the NBA Cares efforts.
Other NBA participants will include Bill Branch (Denver Nuggets), Dell Demps (San Antonio Spurs), Harold Ellis (Atlanta Hawks), Alex English (Toronto Raptors), Brian James (Milwaukee Bucks), Melvin Hunt (Cleveland Cavaliers), B.J. Johnson (Houston Rockets), Tony Ronzone (Detroit Pistons), Lisandro Miranda (Dallas Mavericks), Milt Newton (Washington Wizards) and Joe Sharpe (Charlotte Bobcats). Lance Blanks (Cleveland Cavaliers), R.C. Buford (San Antonio Spurs), Amadou Fall (Dallas Mavericks), Joe Touomou (Scout) and Masai Ujiri (Toronto Raptors) will again oversee the camp as camp directors.
The camp will feature extensive community outreach activities focusing on HIV/AIDS awareness, education and grassroots basketball development. In conjunction with the De Beers Fund, the NBA will dedicate a new home-based care facility in Soweto for Cotlands, a nonprofit organization in Johannesburg that operates one of the most renowned pediatric AIDS hospices. The NBA players and coaches will return to Soweto Kliptown Youth (SKY) Trust for a third time to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the youth empowerment program. Additionally, the NBA players and coaches will participate in a Habitat for Humanity build day in Katlehong, a township located east of Johannesburg sponsored by the Pagliuca family.
Co-organized by the NBA, FIBA, and BSA, the camp features Nike, South African Airways, Lenovo, Sprite and Spalding as BWB Marketing Partners. Nike will provide on-court apparel, footwear, sports bags and towels for all campers. Not only will South African Airways provide transportation for players, legends, participants and NBA staff for this year's event, but recently announced a two-year extension of its partnership with the NBA through 2009 given their shared commitment to important social issues. Sprite will provide refreshments for camp participants, players, coaches and media. EA SPORTS will host a gaming tournament for the campers and Nando’s Peri-Peri Sauces will sponsor the end of camp barbeque.
The following is a complete list of players participating in Basketball without Borders Africa 2007: