BWB Americas, Day Three Recap


DAY 3 (July 31, 2011) -- Basketball without Borders Americas moved outside into Rio’s beautiful winter sunshine for the third day of camp on outdoor courts at Aterro de Flamengo, a beachside park in the shadow of iconic Sugarloaf Mountain. The entire day of camp – including two clinics, camper games and a skills challenge - was open to the public to observe.

The day began with a life skills session on leadership led by BWB community partner YMCA. The campers then broke out into a set of morning skill stations to continue to work on refining their fundamentals. Afternoon games featured an exciting match up between Alvin Gentry’s Phoenix Suns and Phil Weber’s New York Knicks that went down to the wire, with the Knicks coming out on top.

During the afternoon break, members of the public got a chance to test out their basketball talent during the All-Star Skills Challenge. Allan Houston, Dominique Wilkins and Sam Perkins all did a run through the challenge with Houston finishing with the best time of 21 seconds. The NBA legends lead a skills clinic for children from GASCO, the community outreach organization of the Sheraton Rio, a BWB marketing partner.

The clinicians were at it again with a group of 75 Special Olympic athletes from Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. Everyone had a great time working on their passing, dribbling and shooting- even showing off their dance moves for Sam Perkins.
  • 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.