BWB Europe 2008 -- Day 4

On the final day of Basketball Without Borders Europe 2008, the last Life Skills seminar at the Darussafaka facility was led by the United Nation’s Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the world’s leading governmental organization dedicated to children. NBA player Mickael Pietrus and UNICEF’s Mark Connolly were present to lead the campers in the important group discussions about health and wellness.

BWB Europe 2008 -- Day 3

In the afternoon, under the warm Turkish sun, the NBA players assembled at the Findikzade Education Park in the center of Istanbul to dedicate a newly refurbished basketball court. The NBA Cares Legacy Project - the highlight of Basketball without Borders social responsibility efforts - was in partnership with Lenovo and the Educational Volunteers Foundation of Turkey (TEGV). After speeches including words from Mehmet Okur , the court was officially unveiled with a ribbon cutting ceremony. NBA players David Lee, Bruce Bowen and Mickael Pietrus joined Okur in a basketball clinic for the kids present. Photo Gallery

BWB Europe 2008 -- Day 2

They day began with the first of the daily Life-Skills seminars held in the presence of David Lee of the New York Knicks and Russell Turner of the Golden State Warriors. Zoran Radovic of FIBA was also on hand to give the campers an overview and a general rundown of what to expect over the next four days of camp. Photo Gallery

BWB Europe 2008 -- Pre-Camp

Istanbul, June 04, 2008 -- Day 1 --Istanbul'a Hosgeldiniz! (Welcome to Istanbul!) The 50 top young basketball players from 25 different European countries taking part in Basketball without Borders Europe took to the winding streets and narrow alleys of the Grand Bazaar in Istanbul, Turkey, this morning, marking the official opening of the eighth edition of BWB Europe. The Grand Bazaar, or Kapalicarsi in Turkish, was the setting for the first official outing of Basketball without Borders 2008. The Bazaar is one of the largest covered markets in the world with its 4400 shops, 3000 firms, 17 hans (separate inns for specific type of products), 64 streets, 25.000 employees, 4 fountains, 2 mosques, 22 gates... and for one day only 50 young basketball players. Photo Gallery

BWB Europe 2008 - NBA Cares Event

LONDON AND ISTANBUL, May 29, 2008 – Led by Turkish natives Mehmet Okur of the Utah Jazz and Hedo Turkoglu of the Orlando Magic, Basketball without Borders Europe will continue to use the platform of sport to promote education and health among youth with three NBA Cares events, the National Basketball Association (NBA), the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and Turkish Basketball Federation (TBF) announced.

Participants of BWB Europe

LONDON AND ISTANBUL, May 22 2008 – The National Basketball Association (NBA), the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the Turkish Basketball Federation (TBF) announced more than 50 of the top athletes from across the continent will participate in Basketball without Borders Europe, a basketball instructional camp for young people that promotes friendship, healthy living and education. BwB, with leading local partner Turk Telekom, will feature Turkish Basketball stars Mehmet Okur of the Utah Jazz and Hedo Turkoglu of the Orlando Magic, in addition to current NBA players and team personnel, who will serve as camp coaches.
Basketball Without Borders Europe

LONDON AND ISTANBUL, May 7 2008 – Basketball without Borders Europe will mark its first return to Istanbul since 2002 when it hosts the basketball camp June 4-7 at Darüssafaka Tesisleri, Ayhan Sahenk Spor Salonu, the National Basketball Association (NBA), the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the Turkish Basketball Federation (TBF) announced. The European edition of the league’s global basketball development and community outreach program, which features leading Turkish partner Turk Telekom, unites top young basketball players to promote the sport and encourages positive social change in the areas of education, health and wellness.

“The NBA and its players are afforded a unique opportunity to use basketball as a forum and stress the values of our game to influence social change,” said NBA Commissioner David Stern. “Each Basketball without Borders camp unites a diverse group of people to initiate a global dialogue on important issues such as healthy living, education and HIV/AIDS awareness.”

OTHER COVERAGES

Darüssafaka Tesisleri, Ayhan Sahenk Spor Salonu
Istanbul, Turkey
June 4 – 7


CAMP COACHES


Randy Foye
USA • Minnesota Timberwolves


David Lee
USA • New York Knicks


Mickael Pietrus
FRANCE • Golden State Warriors


Bruce Bowen
USA • San Antonio Spurs


Mehmet Okur
TURKEY • Utah Jazz


Hedo Turkoglu
TURKEY • Orlando Magic
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