BWB Americas, Day One Recap
DAY 1 (July 29, 2011) -- Tudo bem Brasil? Basketball without Borders Americas 2011 tipped off today in Rio de Janeiro bringing together NBA legends, coaches and 40 of the best young basketball players from across the region. The campers started their day with a Life Skills session where they learned what to expect over the course of the camp. New York Knicks Legend Allan Houston led the session and answered camper questions about playing in the NBA. Whether in Spanish, Portuguese or English, there were plenty of questions. What was your biggest challenge? What is your best piece of advice for someone to make it to the NBA? What was it like to play against Michael Jordan? | DAY ONE PHOTO GALLERY
After official inaugural press conference, which was well attended by top local media, the campers had their first chance to show off their basketball talent in the morning positional skill stations. This was also the coaches and Legends first chance to evaluate the talent level of the players. Late afternoon scrimmages gave a second look at how these talented athletes played the game, and based on today’s evaluations, the coaches drafted their teams they would lead for the rest of the camp.
In the afternoon, the NBA Legends and coaches had a taste of daily life in Rio de Janeiro with a visit to Complexo de Alemao community. After a short tour through part of the community, the group helped to cut the ribbon on a newly refurbished court at the Vila Olimpicas, which was created as part of 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. Following this, the NBA legends helped break in the court with an NBA FIT clinic for 75 children from the community.
“The children were so excited, had so much energy. I think they were very receptive to basketball and I can imagine that they are really going to enjoy that court and make good use out of it,” said Houston.
The celebration also included a gymnastic performance by the local team and a demonstration of capoeira – a Brazilian dance that combines elements of martial arts, sports and music.