Basketball without Borders to hold first camp in Portugal

Basketball without Borders to hold first camp in Portugal
July 11, 2013, 5:00 pm
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Kristen Harper

For the first time in Basketball without Borders history, the program will host a camp in Portugal while making its customary stops in Argentina and South Africa as stated Thursday morning by the NBA and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).

BWB is a basketball developmental program that uses sports as a positive avenue to promote a positive change in society. One major goal of the program is to equip the youth with strong morals and values by leading life-skills seminars while training them in their craft - basketball. And with Nike’s partnership, the campers and coaches will be fitted with Nike apparel and footwear throughout the duration of the camps.

The action begins where it all began back in 2005, when BWB Americas returns to Buenos Aires, Argentina from July 25-28. In partnership with NBA Community Partner TECHNO, current and former Argentinian NBA players Carlos Delfino (former Houston Rockets shooting guard, free agent), Manu Ginobili (San Antonio Spurs), Walter Hermann, Fabricio Oberto, Pablo Prigioni (New York Knicks), Pepe Sanchez, and Luis Scola (Phoenix Suns), will team up with Chris Copeland (former New York Knicks forward) and James Anderson (Houston Rockets) to paint houses to aid families in need.

Chicago Bulls teammates from the 2012-13 season Carlos Boozer, Nate Robinson and Vladimir Radmanovic will be a part of the historic BWB camp in Portugal from July 25-28 leading elite athletes across Europe. WNBA legendary point guard Ticha Penicheirowill will also host a girl’s camp for of the 40 local athletes.

From August 29-September 1, BWB will return to Johannesburg, South Africa where Bismack Biyombo (Charlotte Bobcats), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers), Al Horford (Atlanta Hawks), Luol Deng and Joakim Noah (Chicago Bulls), Serge Ibaka, Thabo Sefolosha and Hasheem Thabeet (Oklahoma City Thunder), and NBA Global Ambassador Dikembe Mutombo will all serve as camp coaches.

In just its brief existence, there have been 33 BWB camps in 20 cities in 17 different countries with just over 140 current and former NBA/WNBA players joining more than 100 NBA coaches to mentor over 1,900 campers from 100 countries. And to top it off, there have been 27 BWB campers drafted into the NBA.

BWB has made major strides in the world of sports and it doesn’t seem like they will be slowing down anytime soon.