Basketball without Borders Americas Extends Beyond the Court to the Community

- NBA Legends and Coaches to Dedicate a Refurbished Basketball Court and
Participate in Clinics and Life Skills Seminars -

RIO DE JANEIRO, July 20, 2011 – NBA legends and coaches will participate in extensive community outreach efforts focused on grassroots basketball, youth and family development, and health awareness as part of Basketball without Borders (BWB) Americas. The NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program is returning to Rio de Janeiro July 29 – Aug. 1, where it was first held in 2004. [em português]

BWB community outreach will tip off July 29 with a visit to Complexo do Almeão. The NBA legends and coaches will tour the favela before hosting a basketball clinic on a refurbished basketball court featuring new backboards and a freshly painted surface. The NBA group will help test out the new court as they take local youth through basketball drills and fitness activities. The refurbishment and clinic are being carried out in an effort to demonstrate the type of sustainable activities that the recently announced Alliance for Sport and Development between the NBA, the City of Rio de Janeiro, the Inter-American Development Bank and the FC Barcelona Foundation will bring as part of an initiative to improve the lives of underprivileged children and youth in Rio de Janeiro.

In partnership with YMCA of Rio de Janeiro, the NBA legends will host a FIT clinic on July 30. The clinics will teach kids fun NBA FIT techniques and will emphasize the importance of physical activity and healthy living.

On July 31, the NBA legends will host a basketball skills clinic for Special Olympics Brazil athletes from Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. The athletes will learn from the pros in a series of drills highlighting basketball fundamentals such as passing, dribbling and shooting before trying their skills out in friendly competitions. The NBA and its teams have partnered with Special Olympics to host basketball skills around the world including China, England, France, Italy, Mexico, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, and Turkey.

In addition to BWB community outreach events, the NBA legends will lead daily Life Skills seminars for the BWB campers. Working with community partner UNICEF, one seminar will be dedicated to addressing the myths and facts around HIV/AIDS with a focus on prevention methods. Additionally, YMCA of Rio will host a seminar on what it takes to be a leader, both on and off the court. The NBA will also make donations, such as school supplies, books, clothing and basketball equipment, to its community partners.

Basketball without Borders will be led by NBA Legends Adonal Foyle, Allan Houston, Sam Perkins, and Dominique Wilkins. Austin Ainge (Boston Celtics), Kaleb Canales (Portland Trailblazers), Alex English (Toronto Raptors), Alvin Gentry (Phoenix Suns) and Phil Weber (New York Knicks) will serve as BWB Camp coaches. Gerson Rosas (Houston Rockets) will return as camp director and Will Sevening (San Antonio Spurs) will act as BWB camp trainer.

Basketball without Borders Americas is one of three BWB camps that will be held this summer as the program celebrates its 10th anniversary. Basketball without Borders Europe, taking place in Ljubljana, Slovenia Aug. 8-11, marks the first camp held in one of the former Yugoslav republics, the region from which the 50 campers who attended the inaugural BWB camp in Treviso, Italy hailed. Basketball without Borders Africa will be returning to Johannesburg, South Africa, Sept. 1-4, after being held in Senegal last year.

A Basketball without Borders marketing partner since 2002, Nike will again outfit all the camp participants and coaches with Nike footwear and apparel. Netshoes, TAM Viagens and Sheraton® Hotels will join Nike as a first-time BWB marketing partners. ESPN Brasil will also partner with the NBA to produce a 30-minute special of the event that will air locally in prime-time on ESPN.
  • 40
    players from Latin America and Canada
  • 16
    countries represented
  • 9
    NBA Legends and coaches will run the camp
  • Adonal Foyle
    Foyle, who hails from St. Vincent and the Grenadines, was a revered defensive presence during his time in the league. Active in the community, Foyle was inducted into the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame in 2009.

  • Allan Houston
    One of the most prolific 3-point shooters in the history of the NBA, Houston's now an assistant general manager for the New York Knicks. After 10 years in New York, he became a fan favorite not only for his play on the court, but his work off of it.

  • Sam Perkins
    An 18-year veteran of the NBA, "Big Smooth" was one of the league's best-shooting big men during his playing days. Before entering the NBA, Perkins co-captained the gold medal-winning US team at the 1984 Olympics.

  • Dominique Wilkins
    "The Human Highlight Film" will bring the skills and knowledge that made him a nine-time All-Star and a 2006 Hall of Fame inductee to the camp, along with the commitment to the community that's made him a legend in Atlanta and around the world.