Basketball without Borders Asia 2010
July 1, 2010
Milwaukee Bucks assistant coach Joe Wolf is currently in Singapore for Basketball without Borders. The four-day camp (June 28-July 1), which was put together by the Singapore Sports Council (SSC), National Basketball Association (NBA) and International Basketball Federation, unites the top 50 young basketball players from 22 countries across Asia to promote basketball and encourage positive social change in the areas of education, health and wellness. Wolf is joined by NBA players Al Horford (Atlanta Hawks), Trevor Ariza (Houston Rockets), Corey Brewer (Minnesota Timberwolves), Francisco Garcia (Sacramento Kings), Taj Gibson (Chicago Bulls), coaching legend Gene Keady, Bob McAdoo (Miami Heat), Don Newman (San Antonio Spurs), Dean Cooper (Minnesota Timberwolves) and Gregg Farnam (Minnesota Timberwolves).
Basketball without Borders wrapped up today with a ton of exciting basketball action.
In the morning, the camp championship was played between Francisco Garcia and Joe Wolf's Sacramento Kings and Taj Gibson and Don Newman's Chicago Bulls. After four hard fought quarters of intense basketball, the Bulls came out on top. Congratulations to the BWB Asia 2010 Camp Champions!
There was a short break in the afternoon to rest up for the big BWB All-Star Game presented by Nike at the Singapore Sports School. 20 BWB campers represented 14 countries on the two All Star Teams, including Singapore player Wenqiang Russel who will also be competing in the Youth Olympic Games later this summer. A crowd was on hand at the Singapore Sports School to see some of the best youth basketball in Asia and the game was broadcast locally in Singapore by BWB marketing partner StarHub.
The BWB Three-point shoot out was underway at half time with Corey Maynard (Australia), Mohammed Otabachi (Syria), Fei Cao (China), and Mario Emmanuel Bonleon (Philippines) going head-to-head for the bragging rights to camp long range sharp shooter. Maynard and Bonleon went head to head in the final round and had to go to a tie-break when they both finished with seven buckets. In the end, Bonleon claimed the title. He then challenged Francisco Garcia to round of three-pointers, but NBA experience outweighed the eager camper.
Back on the court, Team Red and White had two more quarters to settle the score. Red struck first but Team White quickly got on track and headed in to half time up 32 to 35. Team Red came out firing in the second half closing the lead to two, but were unable to complete the come back and Team White walked off with a 68 to 58 win.
StarHub Shooting Stars - Mario Emmanuel Bonleaon from Philippines
The Fullerton Hotel Hustler Award - Wenqiang Russel Low from Singapore
Nike All Star Game MVP- Tom Daly from Australia
Nike Camp MVP - Ying-Chun Chen from Chinese Taipei
Day three of Basketball without Borders Asia began with another round of morning skill stations for the campers. The NBA players and coaches ran them through a series of rigorous drills that tested the campers speed, strength and basketball abilities. Even after just a few days, the campers have grown accustomed to each others styles of play and look great on the court.
During today's Life Skills session, Taj Gibson joined The Halogen Foundation to discuss off-the-court leadership and character. The group talked to the campers about the importance of being a leader on and off the court and shared insights about motivation, setting goals, achieving success and rebounding from failure.
The afternoon games were full of excitement with the teams battling for the two spots in the BWB Asia 2010 team championship game tomorrow morning. Corey Brewer and Coach Gene Keady's Timberwolves put up a strong fight against Francisco Garcia and Joe Wolf's offensively skilled Kings, but the Kings came out the victors and will face the Bulls, coached by Taj Gibson and Don Newman.
More exercise was on the agenda at the NBA Fit Clinic, held in partnership with the YMCA, for more than 75 youth from the YMCA program. Corey Brewer spoke briefly to the children about the importance of eating healthy and staying fit before he ran them through stations that showed them how to keep in shape. After jump roping, sit-ups, push-ups, sprints and footwork drills, those kids are going to sleep well tonight. The NBA players and coaches will too!
The camp wraps up tomorrow with the BWB All-Star Game which will be aired live on StarHub. The campers will be able to show off their skills to a crowd after working hard at perfecting them all week. It will be a great game with exciting action and the crowd is sure to be impressed.
Basketball activity was in full swing on day two of BWB Asia. The campers arrived at the Singapore American School and found out what teams they would be training with for the remainder of the camp - the Bulls, Hawks, Kings, Timberwolves or Rockets. During morning skills stations campers worked on their positional skills whether it was low post moves, dribbling skills, or outside shooting.
Today's life skills seminar, led by community partner UNICEF, focused on HIV/AIDS. While some of the campers knew about the disease from learning in school, for others it was the first time hearing of it. Trevor Ariza also spoke to the campers about the importance of living a healthy lifestyle if they want to continue to excel as elite athletes.
The NBA players and coaches took an afternoon break from basketball to visit the children at Jamiyah Children's Home, an orphanage that houses over 80 girls and boys. A group of children preformed a dance symbolizing joy and hope, two cornerstones of Jamiyah's philosophy. Afterwards, the NBA group split up to spend time with the children playing board games, working on the computers and even learning footsal- Singapore's own version off soccer.
In the afternoon it was back to the gym for the first round of team competition. The coaches are already bragging about who has the best team, but it will be tough competition until a BWB Asia 2010 Champion is crowned.
The first Basketball without Borders Asia in Singapore officially tipped-off today at the Singapore American School. The gym was full of excitement at the opening press conference as the NBA players and coaches, camp participants, partners and guests came together for the first time. At the conclusion of the program, the NBA and FIBA presented the Singapore Sports Council and the Basketball Association of Singapore two signed BWB jerseys as a thank you for hosting the camp.
Having come from all parts of Asia and Oceania region, the BWB campers hit the gym at the Singapore American School early in the morning to warm up for the next four days of basketball training. The NBA coaches watched as the players showcased their skills in the evaluation scrimmages. Tonight, the campers will be drafted into the teams they will play with during the next three days.
NBA Cares activities jumped into action in the afternoon with the NBA players and coaches leading a basketball skills clinic more than 70 Special Olympics athletes from three countries. This is the first time the NBA and Special Olympics have brought in campers from other countries for a clinic, and for the contingent from Thailand, it was their first time on the plane. The athletes were eager to take to the court and ran through passing, dribbling and shooting drills. With a lift from the NBA players, a few of the campers were even able to show off their slam dunk skills.
Tomorrow the campers will find out where they have been drafted and who their teammates and coaches will be for the next three days. The talent is deep, the campers are eager, and the NBA players and coaches are ready to share their expertise. This promises to be an excellent camp.