AFRICA — In 2001 the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation, or Fédération Internationale de Basketball, (FIBA) teamed up to establish Basketball without Borders (BWB) – a global initiative and outreach program aimed towards the development of stronger communities and young basketball players in continents across the globe. Through BWB, the NBA and FIBA seek to promote basketball as a sport, as well as create positive social change in health, wellness and education.
In its history, BWB has sent more than 350 NBA players, coaches and team personnel to represent 30 different teams in more than 100 countries and territories. These representatives have served as camp coaches and mentors to more than 1,500 youth ages 18 and younger during this span.
Celebrating the tenth anniversary of the BWB program this year, camps were held in Brazil, Slovenia and most recently in Africa. Eighty-five of the top players, including 25 female participants, were selected from regions across Africa by NBA and FIBA personnel to attend the four day camp which was held at the King Edward VII School in Johannesburg.
Participants in the BWB Africa program were taught skills both on and off the court by notable NBA legends Patrick Ewing, Bo Outlaw, Dee Brown, Jeff Hornacek, Alonzo Mourning and Dikembe Mutombo, as well as WNBA stars Edna Campbell and Tamika Raymond. In total, the camp was served by more than 20 legends and coaches. In keeping with the mission and vision of BWB, youth attended life-skills classes daily that taught important skills of the game such as leadership and character development.
In partnership with NBA Cares, BWB staff also gave back to the community through the creation of safe places for children and families to live, learn and play, including a new technology center, library and basketball courts. Through this partnership, the NBA has created more than 50 safe places in countries outside the US and Canada since the BWB inception.
Because of the dedication to communities across the globe by the NBA, FIBA , BWB and NBA Cares programs, we proudly honor these programs with a well-deserved Gold Star and thank them for their commitment to bringing a positive message to youth and communities worldwide.
- For more information, please visit: http://www.nba.com/home/bwb/
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