Pune: The National Basketball Association (NBA), the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the Basketball Federation of India (BFI), on Friday, announced that Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Asia 2018 will be held on May 30 to June 2 at The NBA Academy India in Delhi.
The event marks the second time that NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach programme, hold the event in India.
BWB Asia 2018 will bring together the top male and female players aged 17 and under from throughout the Asia-Pacific region to learn directly from NBA and FIBA players, legends and coaches and to compete against the best young players from the region.
The NBA and BFI also announced that from May 27 to 29, The NBA Academy India will host a basketball development camp for top female prospects from throughout India as part of The NBA Academies Women’s Program.
The NBA and the BFI will identify 20-25 female prospects aged 17 and under to attend the camp. 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist and Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame member Jennifer Azzi, two-time WNBA Champion Ruth Riley and former college coach Blair Hardiek - the global technical directors for women’s programming across the league’s seven academies - will oversee the camp.
BWB Asia 2018 and The NBA Academies Women’s Program camp will also include a variety of NBA Cares and Jr. NBA community outreach efforts with youth in New Delhi in partnership with local community organisations.
These programmes will highlight the power of sport to promote cultural understanding while teaching the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle and the values of the game, including teamwork, integrity and respect. Nike, a BWB global partner since 2002, will outfit the campers and coaches with Nike apparel and footwear.
BWB has reached more than 3,190 participants from 127 countries and territories since 2001, with more than 50 former campers drafted into the NBA or signed as free agents.
A record 24 former BWB campers were on opening-night rosters for the 2017-18 season.
The NBA and FIBA have staged 53 BWB camps in 33 cities across 27 countries on six continents. More than 250 current and former NBA, WNBA and FIBA players have joined more than 200 NBA team personnel from all 30 NBA teams to support BWB across the world. BWB Asia was previously held in India in 2008.