Basketball without Borders to be held in Portugal for first time, returns to Argentina and South Africa

NEW YORK – The 2013 Basketball without Borders (BWB) schedule will feature a first-time camp in Portugal, and will return to Argentina and South Africa, it was announced today by the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).  Basketball without Borders is the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development program that uses sport to create positive social change.

BWB Americas will tip off the summer schedule from July 25 – 28, with a return to Buenos Aires, Argentina, where the camp was first held in 2005.  Highlighting the camp will be current and former Argentinian NBA players Carlos Delfino (free agent, 12-13 season with Houston Rockets), Manu Ginobili (free agent, 12-13 season with San Antonio Spurs), Walter Hermann, Fabricio Oberto, Pablo Prigioni (New York Knicks), Pepe Sanchez, and Luis Scola (Phoenix Suns), who will also be joined by Chris Copeland (free agent, 12-13 season with New York Knicks) and James Anderson (Houston Rockets).  In partnership with NBA Cares Community Partner TECHO, the NBA contingent will paint transitional homes which will benefit families in need.

Portugal will host BWB Europe for the first time when the camp visits Almada from August 15 – 18.  Chicago Bulls teammates from the 12-13 season Carlos Boozer, Nate Robinson and Vladimir Radmanovic will lead top players from across Europe, while WNBA Legend Ticha Penicheiro will lead a BWB Girls Camp for 40 local players.

BWB Africa will return to Johannesburg, South Africa for the 10th time August 29 – September 1, and will feature Bismack Biyombo (Charlotte Bobcats), Kyrie Irving (Cleveland Cavaliers), Al Horford (Atlanta Hawks), Luol Deng and Joakim Noah (Chicago Bulls), and Serge Ibaka, Thabo Sefolosha and Hasheem Thabeet (Oklahoma City Thunder), along with NBA Global Ambassador Dikembe Mutombo, as camp coaches.

BWB features NBA players and coaches training top youth players and leading daily life-skills seminars on values such as leadership, character development, and living a healthy lifestyle. Through NBA Cares, the league’s global social responsibility program, the NBA players and coaches participate in community outreach efforts highlighted by the creation of places for children and families to live, learn or play.

Nike, a BWB global partner since 2002, will again outfit the campers and coaches of all three camps with Nike apparel and footwear.

Since its inception, the NBA and FIBA have staged 33 BWB camps in 20 cities in 17 countries.  More than 140 different current and former NBA/WNBA players have joined with more than 100 NBA coaches to act as mentors for more than 1,900 campers from just over 100 countries, with 27 BWB campers drafted into the NBA.