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.
  • 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.