NBA TO SUPPORT YOUTH AND FAMILY DEVELOPMENT IN TURKEY
Posted May 28 2008 10:26AM
- NBA stars Mehmet Okur and Hedo Turkoglu to lead NBA players in dedicating a newly refurbished basketball court and learning center in Istanbul -
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 today.
Community outreach in Istanbul will tip off Thursday, June 5 at the Darüssafaka Ayhan Sahenk Spor Salonuwith NBA players and coaches participating on a Special Olympics basketball clinic. The clinic will give 80 Special Olympics’ athletes, from Istanbul and the surrounding area, the opportunity to work on their passing, shooting and rebounding skills with NBA players.
The highlight of the camp’s social responsibility efforts will be the NBA Cares Legacy Project in partnership with Lenovo and the Educational Volunteers Foundation of Turkey (TEGV). On Friday, June 6 NBA players and coaches will dedicate a newly refurbished basketball court at Findikzade Education Park and a learning center, complete with a donation of 10 new lenovo computers, at Zeyrek Learning Center. Since 2001, NBA Cares has dedicated 400 places to live, learn or play around the world.
On Saturday, June 7, NBA Cares in conjunction with the Starkey Hearing Foundation will host hearing aid screenings for 50 local youth at the Darussafaka School. During Europe Live 2007 in Istanbul, which was one of six cities that hosted NBA teams in Europe, the NBA and Starkey Hearing Foundation provided over 1,000 kids with new hearing aids. After being fitted, the youth and their families are invited to stay for the BWB Europe All-Star game.
Making its first return to Istanbul since 2002, Basketball without Borders Europe is scheduled to take place at the Darüssafaka Ayhan Sahenk Spor Salonu June 4-7, 2008. The program, a basketball instructional camp for young people that is designed to promote friendship, healthy living and education through sport , features current and former NBA players and team personnel as camp coaches for 50 young athletes (19 & under) from 25 countries across Europe. The campers will also participate in daily HIV/AIDS education and healthy living seminars created in partnership with the United Nation’s Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the world’s leading governmental organization dedicated to children. Co-organized by the NBA, FIBA, and TBF, the camp features BWB Marketing Partners Nike, Spalding and Turk Telekom. A Basketball without Borders marketing partner since 2002, Nike will again outfit all the camp participants and coaches with Nike footwear and apparel.
Other NBA players taking part in Basketball without Borders Europe include *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.
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.