BWB Europe

Press Release no. 18: 49 Campers selected for Basketball without Borders Europe 2005

Nowitzki and Kirilenko will teach the best European youngsters from 28 countries
 
GENEVA (Basketball Without Borders Europe) - The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) today announced the 49 campers selected for Basketball without Borders (BWB) Europe, a basketball instructional camp that incorporates seminars led by UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund, addressing important social issues such as HIV/AIDS prevention and education. 
 
The young players (ages 18 & under) from 28 countries across Europe were selected by FIBA and the NBA, based on their basketball skills, leadership abilities and dedication to the sport. Featuring McDonald's, Molten, Nike and Spalding as BWB Marketing Partners, the camp is scheduled to take place at La Ghirada in Treviso, Italy July 28-31. Dirk Nowitzki of Germany and Andrei Kirilenko of Russia will lead a group of NBA players and team personnel as camp coaches. 
 
"The stage is set once again for some of the best young basketball talent from across the continent to come together for first-class basketball instruction and valuable life-skill seminars", said Becky Black, Managing Director, NBA Europe. "Through the NBA's partnership with FIBA, the sport of basketball will once again provide a platform for young players of all different backgrounds to create lasting relationships both on and off the court.  UNICEF's participation will underscore the leadership qualities of these young athletes, and the social responsibility they assume in their home countries."
 
The inaugural Basketball without Borders took place in Europe in July 2001. Since then, Basketball without Borders has expanded its reach to four continents. In addition to Europe, Basketball without Borders will take place in Asia for the first time in Beijing, China July 14-17. The second annual Basketball without Borders Africa will return to Johannesburg, South Africa September 7-12 and Basketball without Borders Americas will head to Buenos Aires, Argentina June 30-July 4. To date, more than 440 youngsters from 72 different countries and territories have taken part in the NBA and FIBA program and Reading & Learning Centers have been created in South Africa and Brazil as part of its community outreach efforts in conjunction with the National Basketball Players Association (NBPA).
 
To promote friendship and diversity, the campers will be divided into teams without regard to race and nationality. They will share living quarters with their new teammates and participate in daily seminars that promote education, leadership, character, healthy living and HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention.
 
"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."

"The compelling concept, Basketball without Borders, is a clear affirmation of the collaborative efforts of the NBA, FIBA  and Nike to reach deep into all basketball communities in an effort to identify and fuel interest, understanding and participation," said George H. Raveling, Nike Inc. Global Basketball Sports Marketing Director. "We are immensely pleased that Nike can join with the NBA and FIBA in this fusion of friendship and cooperation."
 
Owned and operated by United Colors of Benetton, La Ghirada in Treviso, Italy will host the event for the fourth time. Campers will have the opportunity to practice their basketball skills in the professional surroundings of the Benetton Treviso basketball team. During the three-day basketball camp, Nike will provide all participants with apparel and footwear. McDonald's will promote messaging on the importance of balanced, active lifestyles and have on-site presence.
 
Other FIBA/NBA players taking part in Basketball without Borders Europe include Utah Jazz Gordan Giricek (Croatia), Charlotte Bobcats Primoz Brezec (Slovenia), and Milwaukee Bucks Zaza Pachulia (Georgia). In addition NBA team personnel 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 fifth time.  
 
For more information, please contact:
Guillaume Le Roy, NBA Europe, gleroy@nba.com, +33 (0)1 53 53 62 02
Zoran Radovic, FIBA, radovic@fiba.com, +41 (22) 545 00 44
 
The following is a complete list of young players participating in Basketball without Borders Europe 2005:

Name First Name Country Height Position
Hockins
Radulovic
Kostov
Lilov
Dugum
Soda
Ugrinoski
Uvodic
Tyr
Clark
Pilk
Kamara
M'baye
Moerman
Vaty
Gaprindashvilli
Ohlbrecht
Staiger
Toth
Bjornsson
Casspi
Diviach
Gallinari
Poletti
Reati
Kuksiks
Gecevicius
Kelys
Skurdauskas
Valukonis
Nikolovski
Trajkovski
Schaftenaar
Jarmakowicz
Pietras
Moldoveanu
Kuznetsov
Despotovic
Dundjerski
Keselj
Cigcia
Mulalic
Claves
Forcada
Rubio
Larsson Hillgren
Arif Sahan
Hacioglu
Kolchenko
Geoffrey
Slobodan
Chavdar
Ivan
Ante
Toni
Aleksandar
Ivan
Jan
Daniel Mark
Illimar
Henri
Abdolaye
Adrien
Ludovic
Giorgi
Tim
Lucca
Peter
Brynjar
Omri
Marco
Danilo
Michelle
Davide
Rihards
Martynas
Jydrunas
Pranas
Marius
Kiril
Bojan
Roeland
Mateusz
Kamil
Vlad Sorin
Vitaly
Peter
Slobodan
Marko
Dejan
Mirko
Victor
Javier
Marco
Bjorn Karl
Mehmet
Ismet
Oleksandr
Belgium
Bosnia&Herzegovina
Bulgaria
Bulgaria
Croatia
Croatia
Croatia
Croatia
Czech Republic
England
Estonia
Finland
France
France
France
Georgia
Germany
Germany
Hungary
Iceland
Israel
Italy
Italy
Italy
Italy
Latvia
Lithuania
Lithuania
Lithuania
Lithuania
Macedonia
Macedonia
Netherlands
Poland
Poland
Romania
Russia
Serbia&Montenegro
Serbia&Montenegro
Serbia&Montenegro
Slovenia
Slovenia
Spain
Spain
Spain
Sweden
Turkey
Turkey
Ukraine
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