Bobcats Forward/Center Bismack Biyombo to Participate
in 2013 Basketball Without Borders
June 11, 2013
The NBA and FIBA announced today that Charlotte Bobcats forward/center Bismack Biyombo will participate in Basketball Without Borders South Africa from August 29 – September 1. Biyombo will be among 20 current and former players as well as coaches participating in 2013 Basketball without Borders (BWB), which will also feature a first-time camp in Portugal and a return to Argentina in addition to South Africa.
“It is an honor and privilege to participate in the Basketball Without Borders initiative,” Biyombo said. “I’m proud to represent the Charlotte Bobcats, and I look forward to helping the children of South Africa learn about the game of basketball. Helping others is truly what it is all about.”
BWB features NBA players and coaches training top youth players and leading daily life-skills seminars on values such as leadership, character development, and living a healthy lifestyle. Through NBA Cares, the league’s global social responsibility program, the NBA players and coaches participate in community outreach efforts highlighted by the creation of places for children and families to live, learn or play.
BWB Americas will tip off the summer schedule from July 25 – 28, with a return to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where the camp was first held in 2005. Portugal will host BWB Europe for the first time when the camp visits Almada from August 15 – 18. BWB Africa will return to Johannesburg, South Africa for the 10th time August 29 – September 1.
Since its inception, the NBA and FIBA have staged 33 BWB camps in 20 cities in 17 countries. More than 140 different current and former NBA/WNBA players have joined with more than 100 NBA coaches to act as mentors for more than 1,900 campers from just over 100 countries, with 27 BWB campers drafted into the NBA.