BWB Africa 2009 Johannesburg, 2 to 6 September All Camps

Johannesburg 2009 – BWB Africa returned to the American International School of Johannesburg in Johannesburg, South Africa from September 2 – 6 2009. The camp hosted about 60 top players aged 19 and under from more than 20 African countries. A contingent of 10 NBA players served as coaches at the camp including the Houston Rocket’s center Dikembe Mutumbo, the Orlando Magic’s center Dwight Howard, and NBA legend Bob Lanier.

Campers were divided into ten teams without regard to nationality or race. The teams bunked and ate together for the duration of the camp, as well as competing in the camp tournament which took place every afternoon. In the mornings campers participated in clinics ran by the NBA players which covered basketball fundamentals and drills. On the final day of the camp an All-Star game was held, as well as various small contests and an award ceremony, recognizing the best campers in terms of skill and sportsmanship.

Off the court, campers attended daily Life-Skills seminars; hour long sessions in which speakers addressed topics ranging from the importance of leadership to HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. The NBA players also participated in BWB’s community outreach programs in partnership with the Ithuteng Trust and SKY Foundation. Ithuteng Trust and SKY are South African organisations which aim to help traumatised and at-risk youth within Soweto by offering various services such as education and skill development programs. Highlights of 2008 included a trip by the NBA players to a hospital for children infected with HIV/AIDS, as well as a Special Olympics Clinic which was attended by 80 local athletes. Furthermore NBA players participated with Habitat for Humanity to help build four houses in Ivory Park Township just outside of Soweto.


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The 2009 camp in Johannesburg, South Africa featured 63 players from 23 countries.


Players

Aly Mohamed Egypt
Asselain Pohohoulou Cote d'Ivoire
Austin Mlungisi South Africa
Bertrand Bakoutou Central African Republic
Bounama Keita Senegal
Daouda Camara Cote d'Ivoire
Doudou Gueye Senegal
Duke Lazarus South Africa
Filip Golubovic South Africa
Firas Lahyani Tunisia
Geoffroy Mbouloumou Central African Republic
Gorgui Sy Dieng Senegal
Gypsy Makabu Kanku Dem.Rep. of Congo
Habib Ndoye Senegal
Halick Moosa South Africa
Islem Elajmi Tunisia
Justin Paton South Africa
Kisenga Nkubitua Dieu-Aimé Dem.Rep. of Congo
Ludovic Youtha Cameroon
Makabu Kanku Gypsy Dem.Rep. of Congo
Mohamed Mbaye Senegal
Moncef Bahloul Algeria
Olaleken Ayaji Nigeria
Omar Belliche Algeria
Peter Odia Nigeria
Rachid Ja Morocco
Rajesh Phiri Zambia
Xolani Thabani Mchunu South Africa

The 2009 camp in Johannesburg, South Africa featured 11 players and 7 coaches from the NBA and other top-competition leagues affiliated to FIBA.

FIBA/NBA Players

Vladimir Radmanovic Seattle Supersonics Serbia
Chris Bosh Toronto Raptors USA
Dirk Nowitzki Dallas Mavericks Germany
Bob Lanier Former NBA player USA
Dikembe Mutombo Former NBA player Dem.Rep. of Congo
Teresa Edwards Former WNBA player USA
Dwight Howard Orlando Magic USA
Jason Maxiell Detroit Pistons USA
Luc Mbah a Moute Milwaukee Bucks Cameroon
DJ Mbenga Los Angeles Lakers Dem.Rep. of Congo
Nykesha Sales Former WNBA player USA

FIBA/NBA Coaches

Milt Newton Washington Wizards USA
Michael Born Portland Trailblazers USA
Rodney Heard New York Knicks USA
Rob Hennigan Oklahoma City Thunder USA
Tracy Murray Former NBA player USA
Herb Brown Charlotte Bobcats USA
BJ Johnson Houston Rockets USA

Camp Director

Joe Touomou FIBA Instructor Cameroon
Amadou Fall Dallas Mavericks Senegal
Lance Blanks Cleveland Cavaliers USA
Masai Ujiri Denver Nuggets Nigeria

Trainer

Dionne Calhoun Dallas Mavericks USA

Awards

Cyril Bilong Sonna Nike All-Star MVP Award Cameroon
Amro Sherif Mohamed Abdelhalim SAA Frequent Flyer Award Egypt
Gorgui Sy Dieng Nike Camp MVP Award Senegal
Godwin Inimdebeshe Ikonshul Sprite High Flyer Award Nigeria