BWB Americas 2005 Buenos Aires, 30 June to 4 July All Camps

BUENOS AIRES, 2005 – The second annual Basketball without Borders Americas headed to Buenos Aires, Argentina where it took place from June 30th – July 4th 2005. The camp hosted 50 of the top players from Central and South America aged 19 years old and under, selected by FIBA in conjunction with the participating federations.

The camp focused on teaching basketball fundamentals and creating goodwill between the campers, who ranged from a total of 13 countries. The players were divided into six teams, and each team assigned an active NBA/FIBA player who would act as a coach. Some of the The NBA/FIBA players in attendance were Argentine National Team veterans Marcelo Milanesio and Pepe Sanchez.

The camp teams, created without regard to the camper’s nationalities or races, bunked and ate together throughout the length of the camp, and also attended Life-Skills seminars together, an aspect of the BWB program which is conducted by UNICEF to promote education.
Life-Skills seminars, which occurred daily, are hour long sessions aimed at educating players on various subjects such as HIV/AIDS spread and prevention as well as topics such as the Qualities and Characteristics of Leaders.
Basketball Without Borders also participates in extensive community outreach programs worldwide. BWB 2005 saw Community Relations Ambassador Felipe Lopez lead NBA/FIBA players in attending a visit to the Hospital Nacional Profesor Alejandro Posadas, as well as attending other events including the inauguration of a learning center and a grass-roots basketball clinic for children held in Bahia Blanca.

The camp-days were commenced with Life-Skills seminars and fundamental drills and training sessions in the mornings, while team competition was held in the afternoons and evenings. The final day of the camp also included an All-Star game, a dunking contest and an award ceremony for the campers.


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The 2005 camp in Buenos Aires, Argentina featured 57 players from 13 countries.


Players

Abraham Ramos Venezuela
Alex Garcia Mexico
Angel Luis GARCIA Puerto Rico
Angel Rafael Castro Javier Dominican Republic
Caio Torres Brazil
Carlos Cristaldo Paraguay
Dennis Liburd Virgin Islands
Diego GERBAUDO Argentina
Douglas Nunes Brazil
Enrique Cova Venezuela
Esekiel Victor Aibar Dominican Republic
Facundo PIÑERO Argentina
Jhornan Zamora Venezuela
Jose Lopez Puerto Rico
Juan Wenzel Uruguay
Luis Madera Dominican Republic
Luis Madera Cirio Dominican Republic
Luis Ochoa Mexico
Luis Valera Venezuela
Matias Nocedal Argentina
Nelson Colon Puerto Rico
Nicolas Riezler Uruguay
Oliver Wesselhoft Virgin Islands
Pablo Antonio Heit Argentina
Pablo Espinoza Argentina
Rafael Sabbag Brazil
Rodrigo Bessone Argentina
Sebastian Vega Argentina
Sebastián URANGA Argentina
Selem Safar Argentina
Víctor DÁVILA Puerto Rico

The 2005 camp in Johannesburg, South Africa featured 8 players and 10 coaches from the NBA and other top leagues affiliated to FIBA.

FIBA/NBA Players

Dikembe Mutombo Former NBA player Dem.Rep. of Congo
Carlos Delfino Detroit Pistons Argentina
Manu Ginobili San Antonio Spurs Argentina
Andres Nocioni Chicago Bulls Argentina
Daniel Santiago Milwaukee Bucks Puerto Rico
Samuel Dalembert Philadelphia 76'ers Canada

Trainer

Casey Smith Dallas Mavericks USA

FIBA/NBA Coaches

Terry Stotts Milwaukee Bucks USA
Mike Malone Cleveland Cavaliers USA
Brett Brown San Antonio Spurs USA
Lisandro Miranda Dallas Mavericks USA
Jarin Akana Denver Nuggets USA
Gregg Popovich San Antonio Spurs USA