BWB Europe

FIBA - Basketball Without Borders Europe to begin

TREVISIO (Basketball Without Borders Europe) - The inaugural Basketball without Borders took place in Europe in July 2001. Vlade Divac of the Los Angeles Lakers and Toni Kukoc of the Milwaukee Bucks, together with five other NBA players from Serbia and Montenegro, re-united to work with 50 children in La Ghirada in Treviso, Italy.

The 5th consecutive Basketball without Borders Europe will start on Thursday in Trevisio, Italy, from July 28 -31, 2005. 

The young players (ages 18 and under) from more than 31 countries across Europe were selected. NBA and FIBA players Dirk Nowitzki, Andrei Kirilenko, Gordon Giricek, Primoz Brezec and Zaza Pachulia will be the camp coaches.

  Andrei Kirilenko (RUS)
There will be daily clinics teaching fundamentals of basketball. The group of young players will be divided up into 6 teams.

In addition to the BWB coaches, other participants are Tony Barone (Memphis Grizzlies), Greg Ballard (Atlanta Hawks), Vinny Del Negro (Phoenix Suns) and Denver Nuggets Head Coach George Karl also will help coach the camp.

Former NCAA coach Rick Majerus also will take part. Marin Sedlacek (Serbia and Montenegro), who is a FIBA Expert for Europe, Asia and Africa with 25 years of coaching experience, will oversee as camp director for the fourth time.

"We are very proud to announce the fifth consecutive Basketball without Borders Europe camp and a return to La Ghirada in Treviso," said FIBA's Development Manager Zoran Radovic.

"Based on past success, the camp has become the most complete camp experience in Europe, where FIBA and the NBA work together to emphasize the importance of hard work, dedication, teamwork and sportsmanship to campers. With the help of UNICEF, the message of HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention to participants will provide additional value and make this event unique in the basketball world."