BWB Europe, Day Two Recap
Day 2 (Aug. 9, 2011) -- Basketball without Borders Europe 2011 continued today in Ljubljana, Slovenia. The 50 campers gathered at Tivoli Hall for the morning Life Skills session which focused on fair play, tolerance, and the values that sport can demonstrate. With guidance from SPOLINT Institute for Sport Development, NBA Legends and former Bulls teammates Dragan Tarlac and Dalibor Bagaric introduced the session and discussed how the lessons learned through the game of basketball extend far beyond the court. In Tarlac’s words, "Sports make you a better person, sports make you stronger."
Campers then broke into groups for a series of workshops focusing on character development. Following the session, the legends and coaches joined campers on the court for their morning skills stations before breaking for lunch.
The afternoon featured a full schedule of events, highlighted by the NBA Cares ‘Make a Difference Day’ in partnership with Slovene Philanthropy’s International Youth Volunteers School at the Osnova sola Livada primary school. The International Youth Volunteers School teaches students from Slovenia and the Western Balkan countries about the importance of community outreach and leadership. The hands-on service project was a huge success, with all of the legends and coaches working alongside the students and community members to revitalize the school. Participants put up new basketball nets with a helping hand from Bruno Sundov, painted fresh lines on the court, landscaped, painted murals, and gave the playground area a facelift.
Vlade Divac and other legends and coaches also spent some time with the younger students making arts and crafts, while Dragan Tarlac showed his artistic side painting murals. After planting a symbolic linden tree, a Slovenian tradition marking important events, the legends gathered to make autographed paint handprints on a wall inside the school. They then joined the closing ceremony featuring words of thanks to the volunteers from the school, Slovene Philanthropy and Slovenia native Rasho Nesterovic.
Later that day, the campers joined their newly assigned teams for their first official practice on the court at Tivoli Hall, followed by the camp’s inaugural games. It was an exciting first round, with the Bucks beating the Sixers 59-58 and the Raptors winning against the Rockets 65-60. In the second round the Sixers made a comeback, beating the Rockets 72-54, and the Raptors proved victorious, gaining a second win in their game against the Bucks with a final score of 64-54.