BWB Africa

FIBA - Mutombo, Ewing and Mourning headline BWB Africa

GENEVA/LONDON/JOHANNESBURG (Basketball without Borders) - International legends Patrick Ewing, Alonzo Mourning, and Dikembe Mutombo will headline Basketball without Borders (BWB) Africa 2011 when it returns for the eighth time to Johannesburg, South Africa, from 1-4 September.

The camp will reunite Georgetown University alumni Ewing, Mourning and Mutombo for their first trip to Africa together since all three were part of a contingent of NBA players, officials, coaches, and legends that traveled to Kenya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire), and South Africa for basketball youth clinics in 1994.

Ewing was named one of the 50 Greatest NBA Players of All-Time in 1997 and won Olympic gold medals in 1984 and 1992.

“I had such an amazing experience in 1994 that I jumped at he opportunity to return to South Africa with Dikembe and Alonzo to participate in Basketball without Borders,” said Ewing.

“The African continent has a huge reserve of untapped talent and I look forward to helping these young players’ development both on and off the court.”

Mourning helped the Miami Heat to their first-ever championship in 2006, was a two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year and claimed gold medals at the 1994 FIBA World Championship and the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

Mutombo, who originates from Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of Congo, was one of the most prolific shot blockers in the history of the game and a four-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year.

"I am delighted to see Basketball without Borders hold its ninth camp in Africa," said Patrick Baumann, FIBA Secretary General and member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC). "Africa is the first and best example of where the programme works to great effect. There is so much talent on the continent.

"It has been our goal since the first camp was held in Johannesburg in 2003 to provide young people with the opportunity and tools to not only improve and showcase their basketball skills, but also to have a positive impact on their communities by learning from some of the best players, coaches and role models."

Amadou Gallo Fall, NBA Vice President for Development, Africa, welcomed the presence of the numerous elite basketball greats on the camp's staff.

“As the appetite for basketball continues to grow across Africa, we are excited to welcome such legendary players as coaches for this year's BWB,” he said.

“The young athletes selected for this camp will have the unique chance to learn from the greatest in the game and to interact with their peers, providing an important step in their careers and futures and an unforgettable experience for all involved.”

Since the inaugural ‘Africa 100 Camp’ in 2003, more than 100 NBA players and team personnel and more than 500 campers have participated in the camps in Johannesburg and Dakar, with five participants having made the transition to the NBA.

Take a look back at the BWB camps from 2001 to 2010 by visiting bwb.fiba.com.

BASKETBALL WITHOUT BORDERS AFRICA CAMP INFORMATION
Johannesburg, South Africa (1-4 September 2011)

NBA Legends
Patrick Ewing (New York Knicks)
Alonzo Mourning (Miami Heat)
Dikembe Mutombo (Houston Rockets)
Dee Brown (Boston Celtics)
Jeff Hornacek (Utah Jazz)
Bo Outlaw (Orlando Magic)

WNBA Legends
Tamika Raymond (Minnesota Lynx)
Edna Campbell (Sacramento Monarchs)

Coaches
Harold Ellis (Detroit Pistons)
Marc Eversley (Toronto Raptors)
Lionel Hollins (Memphis Grizzlies)
Noel Gillespie (Phoenix Suns)
Mark Hughes (New York Knicks)
Patrick Hunt (FIBA coach)
BJ Johnson (Houston Rockets)
Milt Newton (Washington Wizards)
Monty Williams (New Orleans Hornets)

Trainers
Dionne Calhoun (Dallas Mavericks)
Koichi Sato (Washington Wizards)

Camp directors
Lance Blanks (Phoenix Suns)
Masai Ujiri (Denver Nuggets)

FIBA