On the fourth and final day of a landmark BWB, both the final and the All-Star game provided some exciting, high-flying moments with the most exceptional players of the camp taking home top awards: Overall Camp Most Valuable Player (MVP) awards went to Arnas Velicka of Lithunania (boys) and Sara Bejedi of Finland (girls), All-Star Game MVP went to Onuralp Bitim of Turkey, Tournament MVP was awarded to Lotta-Maj Lathinen of Finland (girls), Defensive Player of the Camp went to Ricky Waxlax of Finland, and the Three-Point Champions were Reetta Saaski of Finland (girls) and Elias Valtonen also of Finland (boys).
Basketball without Borders (BWB) Europe 2016 tipped off 7 Sept in Lohja, Finland, outside of Helsinki, bringing current and former NBA players and coaches, and 40 of the top youth basketball players from 22 countries across Europe. This marks the first BWB camp to be held in Finland and celebrates the program’s 15th anniversary.
The fourth and final day of BWB Asia 2016 began at Geelong Arena with a wheelchair basketball clinic that the players and coaches took part in. Following that, the campers played in warm-up games to prepare for the All-Star exhibition. Inside a near capacity arena, the All-Star boys and girls named earlier in the day took to the court to showcase their talent. The 3-Point Contest Finals took place at halftime, with Hamish McDonald (New Zealand) taking home the shooting crown.
At the conclusion of the All-Star games, awards were then handed out to the standout campers. On the boys side, Samuel Waardenburg (New Zealand) was named camp MVP for his outstanding play over the course of the camp while Cassidy Gould (Australia) and Claudia Armato (Australia) were named camp MVPs for the girls. The MVPs will travel to the U.S. in February 2017 to take part in the third annual BWB Global Camp.
The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) today announced the top 53 boys and girls from 27 countries who will travel to Toronto for the second annual Basketball without Borders (BWB) Global Camp. The camp will be held Feb. 12-14 at Mattamy Athletic Centre as part of NBA All-Star 2016, the first NBA All-Star to be held outside of the United States, and Nike will serve as the official partner.