This year brought both the NBA Africa and Basketball Without Borders together in South Africa. BWB is a global organization that puts on camps and social programs all over the world for young basketball players. It is a camp that is run by the NBA and FIBA as a development and global outreach program which has been going on since 2001. Their work has been conducted in 32 cities spanning 27 countries, with each camp taking the time to teach young ballers about the finer skills of the sport
This year’s camp in South Africa brought together 78 leading boys and girls from 30 countries in Africa to learn how to be better basketball players. They are also taught how to be people who can inspire their peers by participating in a series of events designed to leave a lasting legacy in the community. This program has helped over 3000 kids of 133 different nationalities since it’s inception. The philanthropic nature of the organization has attracted hundreds of former and current NBA and WNBA players as well as hundreds more team personnel spanning the entire league to help inspire the youth all over the world. The effects have produced fantastic results, with 47 former campers being drafted into the league, and 4 being signed on as free agents.
Recruiters watched on as the campers participated in various training sessions, incorporating what the learned on game day. The stars of the camp were given the following awards:
– Basketball Without Borders MVP’s : Chana Marie Pixixie (Originally from Mozambique) and Amar Sylla (Originally from Senegal).
The BWB Camp and the NBA Africa Game is an amazing experience – one sure to make anyone jealous of those able to be a part of it live and on the ground. Each and every one of the young campers brought in gave impressive performances. Bright futures are sure to be ahead of them in the world of basketball.