September 16 , 2012
The final day of Basketball without Borders Europe got off to a very colorful start at Children’s Home #59 in Moscow, where NBA Cares partnered with Kirilenko’s Kids to refurbish a basketball court. The director of the children’s home spoke and thanked Kirilenko, his foundation, and the NBA for their involvement in refurbishing the court, now complete with four baskets, bleachers and several basketballs to get the kids started.
Then came camp’s final and most anticipated event, the 2012 BWB Europe All-Star game, featuring an assembly of the camp's strongest players, selected the night before by the coaching staff with input from the scouts in attendance. Read on to see whether it was David Adelman's Red team or Melvin Hunt's White crew that took home the title.
As winter turned to spring in South Africa, the fourth and final day of BWB Africa 2012 saw the action heat up on court culminating in the much anticipated Girls and Boys All-Star games.
A total of eleven countries were represented, with kids ranging from Algeria, Cameroon, Congo, DRC, Egypt, Ivory Coast, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal and South Africa. Kehasson Oulai (Ivory Coast) was named the Nike All-Star Game Most Valuable Player.
The final day of BWB Asia saw a full house pack into The American School in Japan for the day’s activities which started off with a girls’ clinic. The players and coaches also conducted a clinic for about 80 Special Olympic athletes before the main event commenced. Students, parents, guests and media soaked in the excitement of the All Star game which started out with the white team taking a wide lead before the red team tried to pull it back in the last quarter. The white team proved too much in the end and won, never giving up their lead.
The 2012 schedule for Basketball without Borders (BWB) will feature two first-time locations, in Japan and Russia, and a return to South Africa, it was announced by the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). First held in 2001, 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 and health and wellness.
The 10th edition of Basketball without Borders Africa will return to Johannesburg, South Africa from Aug 30 – Sept 2, and rounding out the 2012 camp schedule will be another first, with Basketball without Borders Europe in Moscow, Russia, from Sept 13 – 16.