Basketball Without Borders in Rome
Utah Jazz Assistant Certified Athletic Trainer & Equipment Manager Brian Zettler Makes International Trip with NBA Cares
By Brian Zettler – Utah Jazz
I recently made a trip to Rome with the NBA Cares Basketball Without Borders program. It was my third international trip as part of the program.
Attending the program in Italy were the top 50 amateur basketball players in all of Europe, as well as some NBA players, coaches and scouts. Some notable players at the program included Andrea Bargnani, Brandon Knight, Al Horford, Danilo Gallinari, Vladimir Radmanovic and Hanno Mottola. It was also great to have Jazz International Scout Rich Sheubrooks there as well (we are the two guys wearing red in photo above).
There was specific skill instruction, as well as team scrimmages, each day during the four-day program. At the end of the week, it all wrapped up with an all-star game. It was a fantastic time teaching the game, and hopefully we were able to make a lasting impact in the lives of the players.
One event that stood out for me personally was the request from the Italian Basketball Federation to have some of their “physiotherapists” meet with me, and we held a small workshop one day after the workouts. We covered a number of topics, including basic shoulder rehabilitation, back rehab and treatments, taping of extremities, and basic product information. It was a great experience despite the language barrier.
Lastly, we were honored to meet up with the security detachment of the Marines to the nearby U.S. Embassy. We sent these gentlemen (and ladies) Utah Jazz shirts as a token of our organization’s appreciation of their service to our country.
I was, of course, able to do some sightseeing during the week and saw some amazing things. Italy is a beautiful country.
Participating in the program was a great experience that I'll remember forever. It also got me excited to get back to work. Jazz season can't come soon enough!