BWB Asia

FIBA - Special Olympics visit

BEIJING (Basketball Without Borders Asia) - Basketball Without Borders camp kicked off yesterday. The focus as this camp is not only the sport of basketball, but also community outreach activities. Today there was a Special Olympics Basketball Clinic where the coaches met with Special Olympics athletes.

At the opening day press conference, FIBA International Development Manager Zoran Radovic stated: It's good to be here especially since this is the first time we have held this kind of program in Asia. We already have Basketball without Borders camps in Africa, Europe and America. We are reaching the global basketball corners and we are really happy to be here in Beijing for the first time.

Chinese Basketball Association President welcomed all those involved with the camp, I represent the CBA in welcoming the officials, coaches and players from the NBA.

"Basketball is very popular in China and is growing quickly. We attribute this growth to the connection with the NBA and FIBA. Several Chinese players have earned spots in the NBA and WNBA and this is boosting cooperation between Chinese basketball and the NBA. I'd like to wish Basketball without Borders Asia a complete success in Beijing."

There are 51 of Asia's best young players gathered in Bejing from 15 countries and territories in Asia. The next couple of days will consist of the youngsters meeting each other, sharing meals and living quarters. The group will also learn basketball instruction, but also the importance of this great sport.