BWB EUROPE 2008 --- DAY 4
Posted Jun 7 2008 8:03PM
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.
Following the seminar, the basketball action wrapped up in the gym with the daily basketball training and scrimmages while NBA Cares in conjunction with the Starkey Hearing Foundation hosted hearing aid screenings for 50 local youth at the Darussafaka School.
In the afternoon, the campers selected for the Basketball Without Borders All-Star Teams (East and West) were announced. The two teams, selected by NBA players and coaches, were comprised of the top talent from the camp and included campers from 13 different European countries.
During the All-Star Game, the action was intense and the competition tough. At half-time fans enjoyed a Three-Point Shooting Contest, presented by Turk Telekom, which saw camper Nikola Mirotic from Montenegro go head-to-head against Randy Foye of the Minnesota Timberwolves. Fans also went wild as Bruce Bowen from the San Antonio Spurs and wife Yardley joined the Darussafaka Children Dance Team for an impromptu salsa performance.
For the final scoreboard, Team East defeated Team West 85-74, with Bosnian Mialem Halilovic of Team East stealing the All-Star MVP prize. Team West also had a rising star -- Nikola Mirotic from Montenegro who was awarded the MVP prize for the entire BWB Europe camp. The Garanti “Money in the Bank” for the Most Clutch Player Award went to Russian player Dmitriy Korshakov.
As another successful Basketball Without Borders Europe came to an end, campers, NBA players and coaches left the Darussafaka facility having built many new friendships, lasting memories and a strong foundation for basketball, sportsmanship and education.