BWB Americas 2004 Rio de Janeiro, 28 June to 2 July All Camps

Rio de Janeiro 2004 - The First ever BWB Americas camp was held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil from June 28 – July 2 2004. About 50 of the top players from 15 South American countries attended the development camp, as well as five NBA players who served as coaches. The NBA contingent included native Brazilian Leandro Barbosa of the Phoenix Suns and basketball great Dikembe Mutumbo.

The campers were divided into 4 teams, completely without consideration of nationality, race, or religion in order to encourage diversity within the camp. Teams would bunk and eat together for the duration of the camp while competing in a mini tournament during the evenings. In the mornings, the NBA players ran drill stations for the campers which focused on the basketball fundamentals. The final camp day included an All-Star game and award ceremony which recognized campers based on their participation throughout the camp.

Off the court, campers and NBA players alike participated in BWB’s community outreach programs. Campers attended daily Life-Skills seminars; hour long sessions which aim to educate participants on subjects such as the importance of teamwork, leadership qualities, and HIV/AIDS prevention and education.
NBA players made outings to a number of public events, promoting education and grassroots basketball development within Rio’s communities. The highlight event of the community outreach program was the dedication ceremony of a BWB-sponsored Learning & Reading Center at the Vila Olimpica de Jornalista Ary de Cavalho, attended by NBA players.

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The 2004 camp in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil featured 49 players from 16 countries.

The 2004 camp in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil featured 5 players and 4 coaches from the NBA and other top leagues affiliated to FIBA.

FIBA/NBA Players

Felipe Lopez Former NBA player Dominican Republic
Dikembe Mutombo Former NBA player Dem.Rep. of Congo
Leandro Barbosa Phoenix Suns Brazil
Nenê Denver Nuggets Brazil
Eduardo Najera Dallas Mavericks Mexico

Camp Director

Tony Ronzone Detroit Pistons USA

FIBA/NBA Coaches

Jim Lynam Philadelphia 76ers USA
Jarin Akana Denver Nuggets USA
Mark Osowski Cleveland Cavaliers USA