ISTANBUL TO HOST BASKETBALL WITHOUT BORDERS EUROPE 2008
Posted May 7 2008 10:04AM
- Basketball camp to feature elite basketball instruction and extensive community outreach projects -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 Ayhan Sahenk Spor Salonu , the National Basketball Association (NBA), the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the Turkish Basketball Federation (TBF) announced today. 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.”
Selected by the NBA, FIBA, TBF and the participating federations, basketball players (ages 19 & under) will converge in Istanbul to take part in basketball instruction and competition. To promote friendship and diversity, the campers will train as teams without regard to race, religion or nationality.
“FIBA is very satisfied with its long-term collaboration with the NBA. Basketball without Borders is an invaluable educational, social and health-awareness tool for all youth, where they also showcase their skills and learn from some of the best coaches and players,” said FIBA Secretary General and IOC member Patrick Baumann. “We are pleased to be returning to Istanbul for the second time, where Basketball without Borders will be able to further a growing interest in basketball in Turkey.”
Turkish natives Mehmet Okur of the Utah Jazz and Hedo Turkoglu of the Orlando Magic will lead a group of NBA players* and team personnel, including Bruce Bowen of the San Antonio Spurs, Randy Foye of the Minnesota Timberwolves, David Lee of the New York Knicks and Mickael Pietrus of the Golden State Warriors and as camp coaches and mentors. Marin Sedlacek (Serbia), who is a FIBA Expert for Europe, Asia and Africa with more than 25 years of coaching experience, will oversee as camp director for the eighth time. *pending the outcome of the NBA Playoffs
The Turkish Basketball Federation will co-organize the event for the second time. “We are currently concentrating on preparations of the organization of the FIBA 2010 World Basketball Championship and are working hard to prepare a top quality event.” President Turgay Demirel said, “Turkish Basketball has recently come a long way at both club and national team level and we strongly believe in the importance of youth development programs. We are proud to host the young players from numerous European countries together with star players and quality coaches for the second time since 2002. The emphasis on the creation of cross cultural friendship as well as a variety of outstanding social programs carries this event beyond the basketball court.”
In addition to basketball instruction, the players and coaches will lead life-skills seminars that promote education, leadership, character development, health and wellness throughout the four-day event. Highlights of the camp will include extensive community outreach efforts that will culminate with the unveiling of a place for children to live, learn and play in Istanbul. Basketball without Borders Europe will feature Nike, Turk Telekom and Spalding as marketing partners. A Basketball without Borders marketing partner since 2002, Nike will again outfit all the camp participants and coaches with Nike footwear and apparel.
To date, Basketball without Borders has featured over 250 current and former NBA players, coaches and team personnel from 30 different teams who have served as camp coaches and mentors for over 1200 young athletes from more than 100 countries and territories on five continents. Last year, Basketball without Borders took place in Shanghai, China; São Paulo, Brazil; Paris, France; and Johannesburg, South Africa.
Basketball without Borders Europe camp Information:
* Pending the outcome of the 2008 Playoffs
** Camp Director ***Athletic Trainer