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    NBA, FIBA's Basketball Without Borders Africa Camp to Return to South Africa for 20th Edition

    BWB Africa Will Be Held in Johannesburg from Aug. 3-6 and Bring Together Top High-School-Age Prospects from Across the Continent.

    The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) announced the 20th edition of Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Africa. The event will take place at the American International School of Johannesburg from Saturday, August 3rd to Tuesday, August 6th. This marks the 16th time that the NBA and FIBA's global basketball development and community outreach program will be held in South Africa. BWB Africa camps have also been held in Dakar, Senegal (2010 and 2019), Luanda, Angola (2016), and Cairo, Egypt (2022).

    The BWB Africa 2024 program will convene 30 male and 30 female participants from over 20 African nations to receive direct instruction from active and retired NBA, WNBA, and FIBA players, renowned athletes, and coaches. Additionally, they will engage in competitive activities with their peers from across the continent. Prior to the commencement of the camp, the identities of the participating campers and coaches will be disclosed. The program will also incorporate life skills training, leadership development, and NBA Cares initiatives.

    “Bringing Basketball Without Borders back to South Africa for its milestone 20th edition reflects the incredible momentum we’re seeing for basketball in the country,” said NBA Africa CEO Clare Akamanzi.  “We look forward to welcoming some of the most talented boys and girls from across the continent for four days of high-level basketball training, competition, and leadership development that will have a lasting impact on their on-court and personal journeys.”

    “Basketball Without Borders continues to be a real lever for basketball on the continent,” said FIBA Africa Executive Director Alphonse Bilé.  “As part of our ongoing collaboration with the NBA in Africa, which also includes the Basketball Africa League (BAL), BWB continues to elevate our sport and provide invaluable opportunities and experiences for African youth and coaches, both on-and-off the court.  I would like to extend my thanks to NBA Africa and wish all the participants a rewarding and successful camp.” 

    Nike, a worldwide partner of BWB since 2002, will provide participants with Nike apparel and footwear during BWB Africa 2024, while Gatorade will ensure that players and coaches stay hydrated throughout the camp.

    A record-breaking 125 international players, including 41 former BWB campers, were present on opening-night rosters for the 2023-24 NBA season. Notably, Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers; Cameroon; BWB Africa 2011), the 2022-23 Kia NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP), became the first former BWB camper to receive this prestigious honor. Additionally, Pascal Siakam (Indiana Pacers; Cameroon; BWB Africa 2012), the 2019 NBA champion, was among the former BWB campers on opening-night rosters.

    Since the commencement of the inaugural BWB Africa camp in 2003, a total of 13 former BWB Africa campers have been successfully drafted into the NBA. This includes Ulrich Chomche (Cameroon), who was recently selected 57th overall by the Toronto Raptors in the 2024 NBA Draft. Furthermore, 63 former BWB Africa campers have been prominently featured on BAL team rosters throughout the league's initial four seasons..

    BWB has garnered over 4,400 participants from 142 countries and territories since its inception in 2001, with 127 former campers progressing to the NBA or WNBA. The NBA and FIBA have organized 75 BWB camps in 50 cities across 33 countries on six continents.

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