TOP YOUNG AFRICAN YOUTH TO TAKE PART IN BASKETBALL WITHOUT BORDERS AFRICA 2012
TOP YOUNG AFRICAN YOUTH TO TAKE PART IN BASKETBALL WITHOUT BORDERS AFRICA 2012 - Oklahoma City Thunder Guard Thabo Sefolosha added to 10th Basketball without Borders Africa Camp
TOP YOUNG AFRICAN YOUTH TO TAKE PART IN BASKETBALL WITHOUT BORDERS AFRICA 2012 - Oklahoma City Thunder Guard Thabo Sefolosha added to 10th Basketball without Borders Africa Camp – - Third Annual Girls Camp led by Six-time WNBA All-Star Chamique Holdsclaw - LONDON AND JOHANNESBURG – Aug. 22, 2012 – Thabo Sefolosha of the Western Conference Final champion Oklahoma City Thunder will join a group of NBA players and coaches to lead sixty of the top young basketball players from across Africa for Basketball without Borders (BWB) Africa, the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) announced today.
The tenth African edition of the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa from Aug 30 through Sep 2. Sefolosha, whose father is South African, will join his Oklahoma City Thunder teammates Serge Ibaka (Congo), Nick Collison and Cole Aldrich as camp coaches along with Chicago Bulls Luol Deng (South Sudan), Milwaukee Bucks Luc Mbah A Moute (Cameroon), Brooklyn Nets CJ Watson, and NBA Global Ambassador Dikembe Mutombo (DRC). Sefolosha, Ibaka, Collison, Deng, Mbah a Moute and Mutombo have all previously participated in BWB camps, Mbah a Moute as both a camper (2003) and an NBA player coach.
Players from 26 countries will travel over 100,000 kilometers from all four corners of the African continent and descend on Johannesburg for the four-day basketball camp. The players, including four from South Africa and one from the newly formed Republic of South Sudan, were selected by FIBA, the NBA and participating federations based on their basketball skills, leadership abilities and dedication to the sport. Running concurrently to the boys’ camp, 25 elite female South African players (ages 18 and under) will take part in a three-day girls’ camp, with expert instruction by WNBA Legend and six-time WNBA All-Star Chamique Holdsclaw. For the duration of both events, campers will work on improving their basketball skills through drills, daily scrimmages, and competitions with top instruction from the NBA and WNBA players and coaches. Both camps will feature daily life skills sessions, in partnership with UNICEF and Hoops 4 Hope, in which NBA and WNBA players will speak about the importance of education, leadership, and HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. Campers will be hosted by St. John’s College, with the on-court action taking place at the King Edwards VII School.
This will be the tenth edition of the BWB Africa camp, and the ninth to be held in South Africa. More than 100 NBA players, legends and other personnel, along with nearly 900 campers, have participated since the first camp in 2003, with five former BWB Africa campers making the transition to the NBA, including Mbah A Moute. NBA coaches and personnel attending the camp include Ron Adams (Chicago Bulls); Jim Boylan (Milwaukee Bucks); Luca Desta (Dallas Mavericks); Patrick Hunt (FIBA Coach); BJ Johnson (Houston Rockets); Popeye Jones (Brooklyn Nets); Milton Newton (Washington Wizards) and Patrick Mutombo (Denver Nuggets). Keith Jones from the Houston Rockets and Brian Zettler from the Utah Jazz join as camp trainers, whilst Phoenix Suns General Manager Lance Blanks and Denver Nuggets General Manager Masai Ujiri from Nigeria, the first African general manager of a US sports franchise, return as camp directors. Co-organized by the NBA and FIBA, this year’s camp features Nike, South African Airways, Spalding and Sprite as BWB Marketing Partners. For more information, please contact: Tom Marchesi, Communications, NBA Europe, Middle East, Africa, +44 7515 186830 or firstname.lastname@example.org - more –
The following is a complete list of players participating in Basketball without Borders Africa 2012: COUNTRY FIRST NAME LAST NAME COUNTRY FIRST NAME LAST NAME Algeria Oussama Aggoun Mali Bampara Kouyate Algeria Mohamed Ferhat Mali Lassine Diallo Angola Edivaldo Jose Mali Mohamed Drame Angola Leonildo Tchokhopa Morocco Mehdi El Mardi Angola Valter Dos Santos Morocco Badreddine Azouga Angola Cheldwuise Torres Mozambique Helton Ubisse Benin Ali Aiman Nigeria Nathaniel Wade Burkina Faso Bienvenue Stéphane Nissao Nigeria Hamza Abdulmalik Cameroon Pierre Rudolph Mienlam Nigeria Prince Ifeanyi Orizu Cameroon Dominique Bell Mbenoun Mahel Nigeria Abdulsalam Sarki Cameroon Pascal Siakam Nigeria Victor Yusuf Cameroon Francois Zebaze Nigeria Sadiq Adedeji Cameroon Charles Bertin Bengal Hamka Rwanda Fabrice Mugiraneza Ruterana Cape Verde Isaias Galvao Senegal Boubacar Toure Central African Republic Christian Stéphane Wessikong-Happy Senegal Abdoulaye Ndoye Central African Republic Rachid Sydney Kotta Senegal Youssoupha Fall Chad Faisal Mbaikos Senegal Tidiane Badiane Congo Nicolas Nzia Senegal Serigne Makhtar Sow Congo Luoni Exance Garnet Senegal Samba Ndiaye Cote d'Ivoire Kehasson Oulaï Senegal Ibrahima Sankare Cote d'Ivoire Abdoul Sanogo South Africa Siyabulela Mdekazi Cote d'Ivoire Aboubacar Diallo South Africa Siphiwe Radebe DRC Morton Mpoyi Kadita South Africa Dillon Ward DRC Rodrigue Tambwe Ebondo South Africa Thabo Sithole DRC Christian Musoko Kazadi South Sudan Mawich Kackjanni Egypt Romeh Elsadani Tunisia Khalil Ghrib Egypt Hassan Attia Tunisia Haithem Saada Egypt Mohamed Elkoussy Tunisia Mohamed Khalil Mejri Egypt Moustafa Elmekawi Uganda Gilbert Otukene Ghana Ernest Aflakpui Zambia Sydney Masheke Kenya Zachary Basil Zimbabwe Prince Dube YOLANDA ARENDSE PR Director | South Africa T +27 11 549 5340 F +27 11 465 3941 M +27 83 440 2031 www.expagency.co.za