After seven consecutive years in South Africa, BWB-Africa came to Dakar, Senegal for the first time ever.
The Camp took place at the Hotel des Almadies from 5-8 August and brought together the top 55 players (ages 18 and under) selected by FIBA, representing 19 different nationalities across Africa.
The event was spearheaded by several top African players including Senegalese native, DeSagana Diop (Senegal), Luc Mbah a Moute (Cameroon), NBA Legend Dikembe Mutombo, Hasheem Thabeet (Tanzania) and former NBA and Senegalese stars, Makhtar Ndiaye and Mamadou N’diaye.
WNBA Legends Tamika Raymond and Nykesha Sales were also present alongside a contingent of coaching staff, who also served as coaches as well as goodwill ambassadors within BWB’s community outreach program.
On the court, campers were divided into four teams and took part in daily clinics – run by the NBA players – focusing on fundamental drills. Together with the coaches, they focused on basketball development, teach basic positional stationary basketball skills. Female athletes took part in a BWB-Africa Women’s camp.
As well as the sporting activities, the camp focused on BWB’s social objectives, the NBA and FIBA once again teamed up for the Hoops 4 Hope initiative, conducting interactive seminars on HIV/AIDS education and healthy living.