Basketball without Borders Europe will be held in Paris, France, at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin on Aug. 6-10, the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) announced today. 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.

Basketball Without Borders Europe Day 5

August 10 - Emotions were running high on the fourth and final day of Basketball without Borders Europe in Paris.

The campers started the day with a Life Skills seminar, led by UNICEF to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS education and prevention. The campers discussed different ways the disease spreads and how they can play their role in stopping it becoming a pandemic in their home countries. Chris Duhon of the Chicago Bulls was with the campers and spoke to them about the importance of education and about his experience at Basketball without Borders Asia last month. “When I was in China we saw a film about HIV/Aids prevention. There were people that thought that the disease could be spread by just breathing on someone. It’s really important to educate yourselves about the disease, how it spreads and what can be done to stop it.” more........ | Photos | French | Video

Basketball Without Borders Europe Day 4

August 9 – Day 4 of Basketball without Borders in Paris started with a seminar led by Orlando Magic’s Bo Outlaw and San Antonio Spurs Don Newman on the importance of character and the qualities of being a leader. The talk focused on taking responsibility on and off the court, teamwork and respect. “No-one is perfect,” coach Newman told the campers. “So don’t get down on yourselves because you believe that. People put pressure on themselves to be the perfect player and they drive themselves crazy. They don’t want to make a mistake. You can’t play like that and you can’t live like that.” Bo Outlaw stressed the importance of working as a team “You need five guys in their assigned roles to win. You’re a team. You need your teammates to win a game.”
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Basketball Without Borders Europe Day 3

August 8 – The campers were up bright and early for day three of Basketball without Borders Europe. First thing on their agenda was the Life Skills seminar to give the campers an overview of the camp Zoran Radovic, Development director of FIBA, Masai Ujuri, Director of Global Scouting for the Toronto Raptors, Amadou Fall (Dallas Mavericks) and Rich Scheubrooks from Nike talked to the campers about what it takes to be a great basketball player, the main focus being to work together as a team. “Although there are a lot of conflicts around the world, sport is the best way to unite people and this camp gives you the chance to meet people from a lot of different countries”, said Zoran Radovic. Masai Ujuri stressed the importance of education to the campers. “You must continue to go to school to study. This is as important as Basketball.”
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Basketball Without Borders Europe Day 2

August 7 – The NBA, FIBA and the French Basketball Federation celebrated the official launch of Basketball without Borders Europe 2007 in Paris with a press conference at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin. As well as media members, the 50 young campers from all over Europe were also present to welcome France’s own, Boris Diaw (Phoenix Suns), Ronny Turiaf (Los Angeles Lakers), Mickael Pietrus (Golden State Warriors) and Yakhouba Diawara (Denver Nuggets) as well as Luol Deng and Chris Duhon (Chicago Bulls) and Bo Outlaw (Orlando Magic). Also at the event were NBA coaches Jim Eyen, Neal Meyer and Rory White (Los Angeles Clippers), Don Newman (San Antonio Spurs), Brian Hill (New Jersey Nets), NBA Coach Terry Stotts and trainer Fred Tedeschi.

Marin Sedlacek, Camp Director of Basketball without Borders for the seventh consecutive time spoke to the campers of how five NBA players had participated in the Basketball without Borders program when they were younger, including number one draft pick in 2006 Andrea Bargnani from Italy.
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Basketball Without Borders Europe Day 1

Day One of Basketball Without Borders Europe 2007 tipped off with a special encounter for one French teenager from the Make a Wish Association. He had breakfast with all the NBA players and followed the players during their first day.

Before assuming the role of camp coaches for Basketball without Borders Europe 2007, which starts tomorrow at Stade Pierre de Coubertin in Paris, the NBA players and coaches made their way to Sarcelles, a suburb just north of Paris to take part in the Legacy Project event. more........ | Photos | French

Community Outreach During Basketball Without Borders Europe

PARIS, FRANCE, July 31, 2007 – Led by Boris Diaw of the Phoenix Suns and Luol Deng of the Chicago Bulls, the NBA's community outreach for Basketball without Borders Europe will feature the opening of two renovated basketball courts in Sarcelles, a visit to the National Hospital of Saint Maurice, a basketball clinic at the Institut National du Sport et de l'Education Physique (INSEP) and Life Skills seminars that address issues such as HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention, announced the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).

Making its first visit to France, Basketball without Borders Europe is scheduled to take place August 6-10 at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin in Paris. The program, a basketball instructional camp for young people that also promotes friendship, healthy living and education, features current and former NBA players and team personnel as camp coaches for 50 young athletes (18 and under) from 26 countries across Europe. more........ | French

Tony Parker Withdraws From Basketball Without Borders Due To Sprained Left Ankle

SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Spurs today announced that, due to a sprained left ankle, Tony Parker will miss the 2007 Basketball without Borders Europe event. The camp runs from August 6-10 in Paris. Parker suffered the injury this week during practice with the French National Team. He is returning to the States and will be examined in San Antonio on Friday.

“Unfortunately, this injury requires me to return to San Antonio so I can be examined by team doctors and begin a rehabilitation program,” said Parker. “I am extremely disappointed that I cannot participate in this year's Basketball without Borders event in Paris. Since I attended the BWB in Beijing two years ago I have looked forward to hosting the event in my own country.” more........

Participants Selected for Basketball without Borders Europe 2007

PARIS – July 19 2007 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) today announced the top participating athletes from across the continent selected for Basketball without Borders Europe, a basketball instructional camp for young people that promotes friendship, healthy living and education. Led by NBA Finals MVP Tony Parker from the San Antonio Spurs and Phoenix Suns forward Boris Diaw, the camp features current and former NBA players and team personnel as camp coaches, and uniquely incorporates community outreach activities and educational seminars.

The young players (ages 18 & under) from 26 countries across Europe were selected by FIBA and the NBA, in conjunction with participating basketball federations, based on their basketball skills, leadership abilities and dedication to the sport. Held for the first time in France Basketball without Borders Europe is this year scheduled to take place at the Stade Pierre de Coubertin in Paris, 6 - 10 August. Co-organized by the NBA and FIBA the camp features Nike, EA SPORTS, HANNspree, Powerade, and Spalding as Marketing Partners for the event. A Basketball without Borders marketing partner since 2002, Nike will again outfit all the camp participants and coaches with Nike footwear and apparel. EA SPORTS will execute a competitive gaming event involving NBA players and BWB campers during one evening session. HANNspree, manufacturer of emotional TV sets, will be the event image provider thanks to their extraordinary screens. Partnering with NBA Cares and the town of Sarcelles, Powerade will be refurbishing two basketball courts in Sarcelles, a suburb of Paris. A special event program will be produced and broadcast by Sport+. more........ | French

OTHER COVERAGES

Stade Pierre de Coubertin
Paris, France
August 6 – 10


CAMP COACHES


Boris Diaw
USA • Phoenix Suns


Yakhouba Diawara
US • Denver Nuggets


Chris Duhon
USA • Chicago Bulls


Bo Outlaw
USA • Orlando Magic


Mickael Pietrus
USA • Golden State Warriors


Luol Deng
UK • Chicago Bulls


Ronny Turiaf
USA • L.A. Lakers

EVENT PARTNERS