Utah Jazz Head Coach Tyrone Corbin to Participate in Basketball without Borders South Africa
Corbin and select NBA Players and Coaches to Mentor Top Basketball Talent and Participate in Extensive Community Outreach
SALT LAKE CITY (August 21, 2013) – Utah Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin will participate in the 2013 Basketball without Borders (BWB) camp in South Africa, it was announced today by the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). Basketball without Borders is the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development program that uses sport to create positive social change.
“I am excited to be part of Basketball without Borders for the first time and to share basketball with the world through this international program,” said Corbin, who is entering his 10th season as an NBA head or assistant coach after appearing in more than 1,000 games as a player. “There are so many opportunities that can be afforded to young people through playing the game, to better themselves and their lives.”
BWB Africa will return to Johannesburg, South Africa for the 10th time August 29 – September 1, and will also feature Bismack Biyombo (Charlotte Bobcats), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers), Al Horford (Atlanta Hawks), Luol Deng and Joakim Noah (Chicago Bulls), and Serge Ibaka, Thabo Sefolosha and Hasheem Thabeet (Oklahoma City Thunder), along with NBA Global Ambassador Dikembe Mutombo, as camp coaches.
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.
Earlier this summer, BWB Americas tipped off the summer schedule with a camp in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from July 25-28, and BWB Europe visited Portugal for the first time when the camp visited Almada from August 15–18. Nike, a BWB global partner since 2002, is again outfitting the campers and coaches of all three camps with Nike apparel and footwear.
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.