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Chris Bosh, Masai Ujiri To Take Part In Basketball Without Borders

June 4, 2009

(NEW YORK)– The NBA announced Thursday that Toronto Raptors all-star forward Chris Bosh and assistant general manager Masai Ujiri will participate in Basketball Without Borders 2009 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Basketball Without Borders is the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development program that uses the sport to create positive social change in the areas of education, health and wellness. The camps will be held in Beijing, China (July 30-August 2), Mexico City, Mexico (August 6-9) and Johannesburg, South Africa (September 2-6). This marks the seventh consecutive year Basketball Without Borders will be held in Johannesburg.

Bosh will be making his first appearance at a Basketball Without Borders event and will be joined by fellow NBA players Carlos Boozer (Utah Jazz), Dwight Howard (Orlando Magic), Dikembe Mutombo (Houston Rockets), Nate Robinson (New York Knicks), Tyrus Thomas (Chicago Bulls), Luc Mbah A Moute (Milwaukee Bucks) and Vladimir Radmanovic (Charlotte Bobcats) in Johannesburg. Bosh completed the 2008-09 season averaging team highs in points (22.7) and rebounds (10.0) during 77 games. He earned his fourth consecutive NBA All-Star selection in February and helped the United States win a gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. “Basketball without Borders helps us to grow the game of basketball and bring attention to important social issues that affect communities around the world,” said Kathleen Behrens, NBA Executive Vice President, Social Responsibility and Player Programs. “We know that by teaching the values of the game - teamwork, sportsmanship, hard work, and healthy living our current and former players and coaches can also make a lasting impact on communities in need.”

The top youth players 19 and under from Asia, Latin America and Africa, as selected by the NBA, FIBA and participating federations, will train under NBA players and coaches and compete against their peers. Campers will be divided into teams independent of race, religion or nationality to promote friendship and diversity. NBA players will partner with local community groups to lead daily life-skills sessions focusing on the importance of education, leadership, character development, health and wellness. Through NBA Cares, the league’s social responsibility initiative, NBA players and coaches will participate in extensive community outreach programs with local non-profit organizations including the creation of places for children and families to live, learn or play.

“Basketball without Borders is a unique program in that it emphasizes more than basketball skills in top-young talent” said FIBA Development Director Zoran Radovic. “Campers benefit from both the highest level of basketball instruction and they are also equipped with the tools to make a positive impact among their peers and become role-models in their communities.”

Nike, a Basketball Without Borders partner since 2002, will again outfit the campers and coaches with Nike apparel. “Basketball without Borders teaches young basketball players the importance of hard work, dedication, teamwork and sportsmanship,” said George Raveling, Global Director, Nike Basketball Sports Marketing. “These are all vital attributes to the young campers, which will serve them well in the future both on and off the court, and we are proud to be working with the NBA and FIBA to promote these values.”