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Raptors To Participate In Basketball Without Borders Africa

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July 15, 2010

The NBA announced Thursday that Toronto Raptors head coach Jay Triano and assistant general manager Masai Ujiri will participate in the first ever Basketball without Borders Africa camp to be held in Dakar, Senegal. The four-day camp August 5-8 will unite the top-60 youth basketball players in Africa, providing them with basketball coaching and encouraging positive social change in the areas of education, health and well being.

Triano will travel abroad for the second time as a member of the Raptors to a Basketball without Borders event. He was part of the coaching staff at the Istanbul, Turkey camp during the summer of 2008. Ujiri has participated in every BWB Africa camp since the program began in 2003 and will resume his role as camp director in Senegal. They will be joined by current NBA players Sam Dalembert (Sacramento), DeSagana Diop (Charlotte), Danilo Gallinari (New York), Willie Green (Philadelphia), Dwight Howard (Orlando), Luc Mbah a Moute (Milwaukee), Anthony Parker (Cleveland), Anthony Randolph (New York), Hasheem Thabeet (Memphis) and Ronny Turiaf (New York). Also participating are NBA Legend Dikembe Mutombo, plus WNBA Legends Tamika Raymond and Nykesha Sales. More than 100 NBA players and other personnel, along with more than 500 campers have participated since the camp’s inauguration including recent Raptors second-round draft pick Solomon Alabi from Nigeria. This will be the first time the camp is staged outside of Johannesburg, South Africa, since the inaugural Africa 100 camp held in 2003.

“It is of particular significance that Basketball without Borders Africa is being held here in Dakar for the first time,” said Amadou Gallo Fall, Vice President of Development for the NBA in Africa, and a native of Senegal. “With the help of current and former NBA and FIBA players, coaches and partners, Basketball without Borders is a perfect vehicle to draw attention to important social issues while allowing us to coach and mentor the top youth basketball talent from across the African continent.”

During the camp, the NBA players and coaches will also participate in extensive community outreach events and activities through the league’s social responsibility program NBA Cares. In partnership with the nonprofit organization Hoops 4 Hope, the players and coaches will lead daily life-skills seminars for the campers that focus on leadership, character development and health and wellness with an emphasis on HIV/AIDS prevention.

In addition, the players and coaches will participate in a Malaria bed net distribution program in partnership with United Nations Foundation, Basketball without Borders Africa will feature Nike, EA SPORTS, South African Airways and Spalding as marketing partners. A Basketball without Borders marketing partner since 2002, Nike will again outfit all the camp participants and coaches with Nike.

Basketball without Borders 2010 will this year feature over 40 NBA players and coaches as they visit Singapore (June 28-July 1), Dakar, Senegal (August 5-8) and concluding in Barcelona, Spain (September 16-19).