BWB Africa Day 4: An Emotional Final Day in Johannesburg

The final day of camp started with a visit to the Apartheid museum in the suburbs of Johannesburg. The museum, which charters the history of Apartheid and the ensuing struggles, welcomed the NBA contingent and provided for an evocative and emotional morning.

Back at the courts, the girls camp ended with an impressive display of basketball with the All-Star game, which set the tone for the boys All-Star game which was up next. The NBA legends and coaches led the two teams which featured representation from 14 countries. The White Team, led by New Orleans Head Coach Monty Williams, got out to a quick start in the first half, but the Black Team made a strong push in the third quarter, coached by Memphis Grizzlies Head Coach Lionel Hollins. It was a hard fought fourth quarter, but the White Team was able to hold on to their lead for the win.

BWB Africa Day 3: A Mix of Education and Activity

Day 3 of camp began with the second session with Hoops 4 Hope; an interactive seminar focusing on HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. Then the campers were back on the court for their final morning skills stations and team practices.

The afternoon was spent at the Cotlands Home Based Care facility in Soweto, which was opened in partnership with the DeBeers Foundation during BWB Africa 2007. NBA and WNBA legends participated in two activities with local children who have been neglected, abused, abandoned or suffer from HIV/AIDS. Legends and coaches cultivated a food garden by planting, seeding and weeding. The garden generates income for the local community through the sale of food and provides seeds to help start gardens at local homes.

BWB Africa Day 2: On the Courts and in the Community

Basketball without Borders community partner Hoops 4 Hope started day two with a Life Skills seminar for the campers focused on HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. The campers navigated the sometimes sensitive topic through a series of activities along side WNBA Legend Edna Campbell, NBA Legends Dee Brown and Jeff Hornacek, and NBA Coach Lionel Hollins.

Next up was on-court action. Campbell was joined by fellow WNBA Legend Tamika Raymond at the girls camp where they too started the day with a life skills session followed by a competitive set of scrimmages. On the boys side, the campers found out what teams they had been drafted to the night before and spent the morning with their new coaches and teammates running through offensive and defensive strategy. In the afternoon, they started the head-to-head team competitions which featured some highlight worthy shots, dunks and ball-handling skills.

Basketball without Borders Africa Opens Up In Johannesburg

Day one of the ninth installment of Basketball without Borders Africa tipped-off today with an opening press conference at King Edward VII School in Johannesburg, South Africa. Under cloudless blue skies, Amadou Fall, NBA Vice President of Development - Africa, greeted the guests, campers, NBA legends and coaches, and media and set the tone for an exciting first day of camp.

The 60 BWB campers from 24 countries were quickly divided up into positions and run through a series of morning skills stations led by the NBA legends and coaches. This was the first chance for the campers to show off their talent for the coaches who will be drafting them in to teams at the BWB Draft. Evaluations continued in the afternoon with scrimmages.

Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning and Dikembe Mutombo Headline Basketball Without Borders, Africa 2011

- Trip Reunites Part of NBA Group that Traveled to Africa in 1994 -

- Legends to Take Part in Elite Basketball Camp and Community Outreach Program in Johannesburg -

LONDON AND JOHANNESBURG – Aug. 23, 2011 – NBA Legends Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning, and Dikembe Mutombo will headline Basketball without Borders (BWB) Africa 2011. Returning to South Africa for the eighth time Sept. 1-4, BWB is the NBA’s and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program, which uses sports to influence positive social change.

The trip will reunite Georgetown University alumni Ewing, Mourning, and Mutombo for their first trip to Africa together since the three were part of a contingent of NBA players, officials, coaches, and legends that traveled to Kenya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire), and South Africa for basketball youth clinics in 1994.

Selected as one of the 50 Greatest Basketball Players of All-Time, Ewing was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame after a 17-year NBA career which included eleven NBA All-Star appearances. Mourning, a seven-time NBA All Star, played most of his 16-year career with the Miami Heat earning two NBA Defensive Player of the Year Awards and helping lead the team to an NBA championship in 2006. In his 18 years in the league, Mutombo, now an NBA Global Ambassador, was one of the most prolific shot blockers in the history of the game and was an eight-time NBA All-Star and four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year.

“I had such an amazing experience in 1994 that I jumped at the opportunity to return to South Africa with Dikembe and Alonzo to participate in Basketball without Borders,” said Ewing, currently serving as assistant coach for the Orlando Magic. “The African continent has a huge reserve of untapped talent and I look forward to helping these young players’ development both on and off the court.”

Ewing, Mourning, and Mutombo will be joined by former Slam Dunk Champion Dee Brown; NBA All-Star and two-time NBA Three-Point Champion Jeff Hornacek; NBA Legend Bo Outlaw and WNBA Legends Tamika Raymond and Edna Campbell. NBA coaches in attendance include Harold Ellis (Detroit Pistons); Marc Eversley (Toronto Raptors); Lionel Hollins (Memphis Grizzlies); Noel Gillespie (Phoenix Suns); Mark Hughes (New York Knicks); Patrick Hunt (FIBA Coach); BJ Johnson (Houston Rockets); Milt Newton (Washington Wizards); and Monty Williams (New Orleans Hornets). Dionne Calhoun from the 2011 NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks and Koichi Sato (Washington Wizards) join as camp trainers. Phoenix Suns General Manager Lance Blanks and Denver Nuggets General Manager Masai Ujiri return as camp directors.

“As the appetite for basketball continues to grow across Africa, we are excited to welcome such legendary players as coaches for this year’s BWB,” said Amadou Gallo Fall, NBA Vice President for Development, Africa. “The young athletes selected for this camp will have the unique chance to learn from the greatest in the game and to interact with their peers, providing an important step in their careers and futures and an unforgettable experience for all involved.”

Since the inaugural ‘Africa 100 Camp’ in 2003, more than 100 NBA players and team personnel and more than 500 campers have participated in the camps in Johannesburg and Dakar, with five participants having made the transition to the NBA.

BWB Africa will be hosted by the King Edward VII School in Johannesburg and will feature top players 18 and under from across Africa, as selected by the NBA and FIBA, training under NBA and WNBA Legends and coaches, and competing against their peers. Campers receive top-level instruction on-court and participate in daily life-skills seminars focused on values of the game such as leadership, character development, and living a healthy lifestyle. Through NBA Cares, the NBA legends and coaches also participate in extensive community outreach efforts highlighted by the creation of places for children and families to live, learn or play including new technology centers, libraries and basketball courts.

Basketball without Borders marketing partners since 2002, Nike will again outfit all the camp participants and coaches with Nike footwear and apparel and Spalding will provide basketballs. Additional BWB Africa marketing partners include South African Airways and Sprite.

The NBA has a long history in the African continent and opened its first office in Africa in 2010, appointing Amadou Gallo Fall as NBA Vice President for Development, Africa. NBA games, featuring ten players from Africa, were broadcast to fans in 55 African countries and territories in five languages for the 2010-11 season. Through NBA Cares, the NBA has helped create 30 places to live, learn or play in Africa, including technology centers, libraries, youth hostels, dining facilities, health clinics, homes and basketball courts. For the past nine years the NBA has conducted Basketball without Borders Africa, a basketball instructional camp for young people that also promotes leadership, education, sportsmanship, and healthy living. More than 100 NBA players and team personnel and more than 500 campers have participated in the camps in Johannesburg and Dakar.

Top Young Players From Around Africa Descend On Johannesburg

-NBA and WNBA Legends and Coaches to Train and Mentor African Youth Spanning the Continent -
LONDON AND JOHANNESBURG – Aug. 25, 2011 – Some of the most talented young basketball players from across Africa have been chosen to participate in Basketball without Borders Africa (BWB), the National Basketball Association (NBA), the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and Basketball South Africa (BSA) announced today. The African edition of the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa for the eighth time from Sep. 1-4.

The players (ages 18 and under) from 24 countries will travel over 100,000 kilometers from all four corners of the African continent and descend on Johannesburg for the four-day basketball camp. The players, including four from South Africa and two from the newly formed Republic of South Sudan, were selected by FIBA, the NBA and participating federations based on their basketball skills, leadership abilities and dedication to the sport.

For the duration of the event, campers will work on improving their basketball skills through drills, daily scrimmages, and competitions with top instruction from NBA and WNBA legends and coaches. The young players will be placed into mixed-nationality teams to promote diversity and camaraderie. Campers will be hosted by St. John’s College, with the on-court action taking place at the King Edwards VII School.

The campers will also participate in daily life skills sessions, in partnership with Hoops 4 Hope, in which NBA legends will speak about the importance of education, leadership, and HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention.

This will be the ninth edition of the BWB Africa camp, and the eighth to be held in South Africa. Last years’ edition of BWB Africa took place in Dakar, Senegal for the first time. More than 100 NBA players, legends and other personnel, along with more than 800 campers, have participated since the first camp in 2003, with five former campers making the transition to the NBA.

NBA Global Ambassador and DRC native Dikembe Mutombo, will lead a contingent of NBA legends including Dee Brown, Patrick Ewing, Jeff Hornacek, Alonzo Mourning and Bo Outlaw and WNBA Legends Tamika Raymond and Edna Campbell. NBA coaches in attendance include Harold Ellis (Detroit Pistons); Marc Eversley (Toronto Raptors); Lionel Hollins (Memphis Grizzlies); Noel Gillespie (Phoenix Suns); Mark Hughes (New York Knicks); Patrick Hunt (FIBA Coach); BJ Johnson (Houston Rockets); Milt Newton (Washington Wizards); and Monty Williams (New Orleans Hornets). Dionne Calhoun from the 2011 NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks and Koichi Sato (Washington Wizards) join as camp trainers. Phoenix Suns General Manager Lance Blanks and Denver Nuggets General Manager Masai Ujiri return as camp directors.

Running concurrently to the boys’ camp, 25 elite women (ages 18 and under) will take part in a two-day girls camp and will receive expert instruction from former WNBA players Edna Campbell and Tamika Raymond. The girls, as selected by Basketball South Africa, will also participate in daily life skills sessions.

Co-organized by the NBA and FIBA, this year’s camp features Nike, South African Airways, and Sprite as BWB Marketing Partners.

The following is a complete list of players participating in Basketball without Borders Africa 2011:

Algeria Mohamed-Zaki Guermat Mali Salif Traoré
Algeria Mohamed-Karim Zennadi Morocco Otmane Bouslama
Angola Benvindo Quimbamba Morocco Younes Lembarki
Angola Reginaldo Kanza Mozambique Jorge Tome
Angola Teotónio Nigeria Tochukwu Ewenike
Burkina Faso W. Emmanuel Alex GillesGyebre Nigeria Aseriobiome Victor Joseph
Burkina Faso Tegawende Joel Nongana Nigeria Akpara Akita
Cameroon Noah Ndzana Germain Arnaud Nigeria Olapido Charles Osunnubi
Cameroon Joel-Hans Embiid Nigeria John Edafe Owhe
Cameroon Mballa Mendzana Rwanda Karekezi Rurangirwa Pascal
Cameroon Moustapha Arafat Senegal Pape Malick Sarr
Cameroon William Steve Tchiengang Tankouo Senegal Ismaila Diallo
Cape Verde Iaquiny Correia Senegal Youssoupha Kane
Cape Verde Aluizio Correia Senegal Abdoulaye Ndoye
Central African Rep. Daniel Jean Etienne Kongbo Senegal Youssoupha Fall
Central African Rep. Amadou SissokoSouth Africa Mlungisi Austin Mahlathini
Chad Allah-Asra DoungousSouth Africa Thabo Sithole
Congo Exoce Garnett Louoni GampourouSouth Africa Nkosinathi Festile
Cote d'Ivoire Arnaud Aristide Assale South Africa Vutomi Bilankulu
Cote d'Ivoire Alain Alvin Abby South Sudan Abuna Raric Jur
DRC Makabu Kanku South Sudan Bul Bior
DRC Ted Haramal Kapita Tunisia Omar Abada
DRC Christian Niamazomi Munuana Tunisia Hamdi Karooui
Egypt Ahmed Gazar Tunisia Bilel Saddadi
Egypt Ahmed Karkoura Uganda Japhet Muhanguzi Higiro
Egypt Ahmed Mokhtar Uganda Jonah Otim
Egypt Seif El-Din Said Zambia Richard Kauna
Kenya Dominic Shitanda Obunaka Zambia Patson Siame
Mali Mamadou Keita Zimbabwe Billy Nqobizita Melusi
Mali Idrissa Coulibaly

  • Basketball without Borders Africa
    Johannesburg, South Africa: Aug 30 - Sept 2
    2011 Site: South Africa
  • 60
    players from all across Africa
  • 20
    countries across Africa represented
  • 4
    days of elite basketball instruction
  • FIBA/NBA/WNBA Players

    Dikembe Mutombo
    NBA Global Ambassador
    Democratic Republic of Congo
  • Cole Aldrich
    Oklahoma City Thunder -- Center
  • Nick Collison
    Oklahoma City Thunder -- Forward
  • Luol Deng
    Chicago Bulls -- Forward
    South Sudan/United Kingdom
  • Serge Ibaka
    Oklahoma City Thunder -- Center
  • Luc Mbah a Moute
    Milwaukee Bucks -- Forward
  • Thabo Sefolosha
    Oklahoma City Thunder -- Guard
    South Africa/Switzerland
  • C.J. Watson
    Brooklyn Nets -- Guard
  • Chamique Holdsclaw
    WNBA Legend
  • FIBA/NBA Coaches

    Ron AdamsChicago BullsUSA
    Jim BoylanMilwaukee BucksUSA
    Luca DestaDallas MavericksUSA
    Mark HughesNew York KnicksUSA
    Patrick HuntFIBA CoachAustralia
    BJ JohnsonHouston RocketsUSA
    Popeye JonesBrooklyn NetsUSA
    Patrick Mutombo Denver NuggetsBelgium
    Milton NewtonWashington WizardsUSA
  • Trainers

    Keith JonesHouston RocketsUSA
    Brian ZettlerUtah JazzUSA
  • Camp Directors

    Lance BlanksPhoenix SunsUSA
    Masai UjiriDenver NuggetsNigeria