Basketball without Borders
“Basketball without Borders” (BWB) is FIBA and the NBA’s global basketball development and community relations outreach program that promotes leadership, education, sportsmanship and healthy living with an emphasis on HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. Since the inaugural camp was held in 2001, BWB has had more than 225 NBA/FIBA players, coaches and team personnel from all 30 NBA teams serve as camp coaches for some 1’000 young athletes coming from over 100 countries and territories worldwide. The BWB family and the campers have logged an estimated 85 million miles one million hours of community service participating in the program.
The BWB format consists of a four-day camp hosted by a cosmopolitan city. The first day of each camp is reserved for participant scrimmages, allowing the FIBA/NBA coaches to determine the playing level and talent. Then, campers are divided into NBA-named teams using a camp draft. The drafts have proven quite popular among the FIBA/NBA players and coaches. On Days two and three, campers practice and compete against each other within their teams and perfect their skills at stations conducted by FIBA/NBA players and coaches. Off the court, campers attend life skills seminars, listen to the stars’ talking about their experiences and visit relevant sites. The final day of the camp is all about the All Star Game. This format allows and encourages campers to build long-lasting relationships with their fellow team-mates and coaches.
In addition to attending the basketball camp, the rest of the BWB family (officials, partners and guests) take part in visits and community services in which FIBA/NBA players and coaches are also instrumental. BWB is definitely an amazing experience for all involved.