BWB Europe, Day Three Recap
Day 3 (Aug. 10, 2011) – Day three of Basketball without Borders Europe 2011 tipped off today in lovely Ljubljana, Slovenia. The 50 campers gathered at Tivoli Hall for the morning Life Skills session which focused on work ethic, health issues, and decision-making.
Legend Bruno Sundov and Sixers Assistant Coach Michael Curry discussed the off-the-court challenges that campers should be prepared for, which they illustrated through personal anecdotes. Sundov shared a few words of wisdom, telling the campers, “Keep yourself in a safe environment, stay around people you know, and think about the decisions that you make”. Following the session, the group hit the court to get warmed up for the morning skills stations.
In the afternoon, the legends headed to the University Children’s Hospital where they spent time with patients and their families. The hospital is part of the University Medical Centre Ljubljana and serves as Slovenia’s main institution for the diagnosis and treatment of children and adolescents. Upon arrival, the legends spread out at tables in the recreation room to play games with the boys and girls. Vlade Divac was immediately challenged by a boy to a game of Connect Four, while Bostjan “Boki” Nachbar made his way around the tables, greeting the children and their families and posing for numerous photos. The group then split up and moved upstairs to visit with patients in their rooms. Armed with NBA caps and toys, the legends made several stops on various floors, distributing the goodies and providing words of encouragement to the youngsters and their families.
Day three concluded with the campers hitting the courts for their third round of games. Both were close, with the Raptors winning their third straight game, beating the Sixers 71-64, and the Rockets took the game against the Bucks with a final score of 65-62.