BWB Americas, Day Two Recap

DAY 2 (July 30, 2011) -- Day two of Basketball without Borders Americas began with another Life Skills session, this time focused on HIV/AIDS. Along with BWB community partner UNICEF, NBA Legends Sam Perkins and Adonal Foyle spoke to the campers about risks and prevention and the importance of living a safe, healthy lifestyle. “It was awesome. HIV/AIDS is something that is important for young kids and that is very prevalent in developing countries,” said NBA Legend Adonal Foyle.

“The kids’ enthusiasm to embrace a topic like this is so refreshing because they’re not afraid of it. They want to talk about it; they want to engage. If you give them the opportunity to talk about it, you will see that they want to make the right decision. They just need the tools to help them do that.”

Morning skill stations focused mainly on offensive technique today with the NBA legends and coaches showing the campers fade-away jumpers and the best way to use a screen to get an open shot.

Getting in shape was the main focus of the afternoon for 75 children from YMCA of Rio as they participated in an NBA FIT clinic led by the NBA Legends. Not only did the children get to practice their basketball skills at shooting, passing and dribbling station, but their fitness was also tested with jump-roping, push ups, sit ups, and agility drills.

“We had a really great time with these kids today,” said Foyle. “We love basketball and love seeing these kids get so excited about our sport.”
  • 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.