Basketball Without Borders (BWB)
Basketball Without Borders (BWB) is FIBA and the NBA’s global development and community relations outreach programme. With an emphasis on improving basketball skills, BWB promotes leadership, education, sportsmanship and healthy living with an emphasis on HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention as well as friendship, openness and respect.
At the heart of the BWB concept is a four-day camp, bringing together top young basketball talent aged 19 and younger from Asia-Pacific, Europe, Americas and Africa. The participants, selected by FIBA, the NBA and participating National Federations, meet in a host city where they are joined by BWB staff, National Team and NBA players, as well as some of the world’s top coaches.
Off the court, campers attend life-skills seminars, learn from the stars about their experiences as professional players, and visit relevant nearby locations. This format allows and encourages campers to build long-lasting relationships with their fellow teammates and coaches.
In addition to attending the basketball camp, the rest of the BWB family (officials, partners, National Team/NBA players and coaches, and guests) take part in visits and local community action.
Since the first edition held in 2001 in Treviso, Italy, more than 2300 players have attended camps in more than 20 cities and countries worldwide.
Participants have benefitted from the coaching and advice from current and former international and NBA stars such as Patrick Ewing (USA), Dikembe Mutombo (DR Congo/USA), Vlade Divac (Serbia), Scottie Pippen (USA), Yao Ming (China), Dirk Nowitzki (Germany), Tony Parker (France), Pau Gasol (Spain), Leandro Barbosa (Brazil), Andrey Kirilenko (Russia), Carlos Arroyo (Puerto Rico), Dwight Howard (USA), Al Horford (Dominican Republic), Manu Ginobili (Argentina) and many more.
The list of players having taken part as youngsters also includes some famous basketball names. Marc Gasol (Spain), Luc Mbah a Moute (Cameroon), Milos Teodosic (Serbia), Greivis Vasquez (Venezuela), Nicolas Batum (France), Joel Embiid (Cameroon), Jonas Valanciunas (Lithuania) and Dario Saric (Croatia), among others are all former BWB campers.