The fourth and final day of BWB Americas 2015 lived up to the hype.
The morning started with two 16-minute playoff games for the four teams, and the team chemistry developed over the camp’s four days was evident. While the boys broke for lunch, Al Horford and Felipe Lopez led a clinic for more than 40 girls from the local community, which culminated in jump shot competitions that had the crowd fully engaged.
It was a day of intense competition at the third day of BWB Americas. The morning began with the preliminary round of a camper-wide three point competition, after which the four teams held individual practices and installed their offensive and defensive schemes.
Day 2 of BWB Americas 2015 started off with movement efficiency training for the campers led by Kevin Johnson (Philadelphia 76ers), Ale Oliveira (Brooklyn Nets), and Matt Friia (Charlotte Hornets). The campers then had their second life skills session, this time led by Corey Brewer and Luc Mbah a Moute. The session focused on leadership and communication, and the importance of teamwork in achieving your goals on-and-off the court. The morning concluded with positional skill development and team practices.
The 8th edition of BWB Americas, and the first BWB Americas ever held in the Dominican Republic, got off to a fast-paced start at the Centro Olimpico, as 51 campers from 18 North and South American countries took the floor to learn from NBA and FIBA players, legends, and coaches, including Al Horford, Charlie Villanueva, Corey Brewer, Tito Horford, Felipe Lopez, and 2011 BWB Americas alum and new member of the Portland Trail Blazers Luis Montero.
The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) announced 12 Aug that Corey Brewer (Houston Rockets; U.S.), Al Horford (Atlanta Hawks; Dominican Republic), and Charlie Villanueva (Dallas Mavericks; U.S.; parents from Dominican Republic) will join Luc Mbah a Moute (most recently with the Philadelphia 76ers; Cameroon), as well as former NBA players Francisco Garcia (Dominican Republic national team), Tito Horford (Dominican Republic), and Felipe Lopez (former Dominican Republic national team player) to lead 51 campers from 18 North and South American countries at the first Basketball without Borders (BWB) Americas camp in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Aug. 16-19.
Day 3 of BWB Africa began with a Hoops 4 Hope life skills session focusing on HIV awareness, led by NBA Legends Dikembe Mutombo and Muggsy Bogues. Dikembe spoke with the girls about empowering women in Africa. The boys then played three games while the girls did skill development with WNBA Legends Ebony Hoffman, Ruth Riley and Clarisse Machanguana, followed by a game. After lunch, the girls had their 3-point competition and All-Star Game.
The last day of BWB Africa 2015 featured the boys All-Star Game and 3-point competition at Ellis Park Arena, after which all of the BWB Africa campers attended NBA Africa Game 2015. The first NBA game in Africa brought spectacular performances by Giannis Antetokounmpo and Luol Deng on Team Africa, and Jeff Green and Bradley Beal on the Team World side -- not to mention the surprise appearances from Dikembe Mutombo and Hakeem Olajuwon, who scored on a 'Dream Shake' that brought the crowd to its feet.
Team World won by a score of 101-97, but more important than the score was the fans’ enthusiasm about what was a historic event not just for the NBA, but for the growth of basketball on the continent. BWB Africa 2015 proved to be the biggest BWB camp yet and will leave a lasting legacy on the continent for many years to come.
Day 2 of BWB Africa tipped off here in Jo’burg with a Lifeskills Session featuring the Team Africa’s Nazr Mohammed and Team World’s Nikola Vucevic and Bradley Beal. The focus was on leadership, with each player sharing personal anecdotes on the importance of leadership both on and off the court.
The 13th edition of Basketball without Borders Africa tipped off under blue skies in Johannesburg, South Africa. Exceptionally, this year’s camp leads up to the NBA’s first game in Africa set to take place on Aug. 1 featuring a Team Africa vs. Team World format.
Leading up to the NBA's first game in Africa on Aug. 1, NBA and FIBA players, legends and coaches will participate in the 13th edition of Basketball without Borders (BWB) Africa. The NBA and FIBA's global basketball development and community outreach program will take place July 29-Aug. 1 at the American International School of Johannesburg in South Africa. NBA Africa Game 2015 will take place at Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg.
The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) have announced that Gerald Henderson (Charlotte Hornets; United States), Damjan Rudez (Indiana Pacers; Croatia), and Cody Zeller (Charlotte Hornets; United States) will join NBA Legends Jorge Garbajosa (Spain), Vladimir Radmanovic (Serbia) and Hanno Mottola (Finland), as well as WNBA Legend Amaya Valdemoro (Spain), to lead the 50 campers from more than 25 European countries who will travel to the first Basketball without Borders (BWB) Europe camp in Gran Canaria, Spain June 2-5.
Thirty-nine of the top 16-18 year olds from 23 countries around the world converged on New York City during All-Star 2015, led by BWB alum Danilo Gallinari of the Denver Nuggets, and NBA coaches Kaleb Canales of the Dallas Mavericks, Jama Mahlalela of the Toronto Raptors, and James Moran and David Vanterpool of the Portland Trail Blazers.
The NBA and FIBA have announced the 39 campers from 23 countries who will travel to New York City for the first-ever Basketball without Borders (BWB) Global Camp. The camp will be held February 13-15 at Baruch College in Manhattan as part of NBA All-Star 2015 in New York City, and Nike will be the official partner.
This marks the first time that BWB, the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development program, is being held in the U.S. The BWB Global Camp will become an annual All-Star tradition.
The campers, ages 16-18 and coming from Africa, the Americas, Asia and Europe, will train with select NBA and FIBA players and coaches including Danilo Gallinari (Denver Nuggets; Italy; BWB Europe 2003), Gorgui Dieng (Minnesota Timberwolves; Senegal; BWB Africa 2009) and Tiago Splitter (San Antonio Spurs; Brazil).
The camp will be held Feb. 13-15 at Baruch College and feature the top 40 players born in 1997 from Africa, the Americas, Asia/Pacific and Europe. They will work with NBA, WNBA, and international players and coaches.
Basketball without Borders camps, run by the NBA and basketball governing body FIBA, began in 2001 and have been held in 19 countries on five continents. There have been 33 campers who went on to be drafted by NBA teams.