BWB Americas 2011 Rio de Janeiro, 29 July to 1 August All Camps

Rio De Janeiro, Brazil 2011 – The 2011 Basketball without Borders Americas camp was the first of three camps held during the summer as the programme celebrated its 10th anniversary and was held in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil from July 29th to August 1st 2011 after a seven-year absence. The camp took place at Centro de Educaçao Fisica Almirante Adalberto Nunes (CEFAN) and hosted 40 of the top players from Central and South America as well as Canada aged 19 and under and who had been selected by FIBA in conjunction with the participating federations. The camp focused on teaching basketball fundamentals and creating goodwill between the campers, who came from 10 different countries. The players were divided into four teams that were coached by NBA coaches such as Alvin Gentry, head coach of the Phoenix Suns. Former NBA players also participated in the camp and included Sydney Olympics gold medallist Allan Houston, NBA Legend Sam Perkins, NBA veteran big man Adonal Foyle and Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins. Days at the camp started with Life-Skills seminars, followed by fundamental drills and training sessions in the mornings, while team competition was held in the afternoons and evenings. The teams, created after scrimmage sessions were held and courtesy of a draft, competed against each other during the camp. The final day of the camp also included a shooting contest, the 2011 BWB Americas All-Star Game and came to an end with an award ceremony recognizing the best campers in terms of skill and sportsmanship. Off the court, the BWB Community Outreach programme included a visit of the Complexo do Almeao, a tour of different Favelas before hosting a clinic on a refurbished basketball court, as well as skills clinic for Special Olympics Brazil athletes. In addition to BWB community outreach events, NBA Legends led daily Life-Skills seminars for BWB campers. Working with community partner UNICEF, the seminars were dedicated to educating players on various subjects such as HIV/AIDS spread and prevention as well as topics such as the Qualities and Characteristics of Leaders.


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FIBA/NBA Players

Dominique Wilkins Former NBA player USA
Adonal Foyle Former NBA player St.Vincent and the Grenadines
Sam Perkins Former NBA player USA
Allan Houston Former NBA player USA

FIBA/NBA Coaches

Austin Ainge Boston Celtics USA
Phil Weber Phoenix Suns USA
Kaleb Canales Portland Trailblazers USA
Alvin Gentry Phoenix Suns USA
Alex English Toronto Raptors USA

Trainer

Will Sevening San Antonio Spurs USA

Camp Director

Gersson Rosas Houston Rockets Colombia

Awards

Luciano Parodi Gonzalez Sheraton 3-Point Shootout Champion Uruguay
Dyshawn Pierre Nike All Star Game MVP Canada
Gabriel Deck Nike Camp MVP Argentina
Luis David Montero TAM High Flyer Dominican Republic