As the FIBA announced on Wednesday, the National Basketball Association (NBA), the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the Latvian Basketball Association (Latvijas Basketbola Savieniba) announced on Wednesday that the 18th Borders (BWB) Europe will take place from 9 This event marks the first time that the NBA and FIBA Global Basketball Development and Community Outreach Program is taking place in Latvia, at the Elektrum Olympic Center in Riga, Latvia.
BwB Europe 2019 brings top players, the best male and female players, under 17, across Europe to learn directly from current and former NBA and FIBA players, coaches and legends, and compete against the best young players in the region.
The first basketball without borders camp took place in July 2001 in Europe. Toni Kukoc (Croatia) together with Vlade Divac (Serbia) met with former teammates of the Yugoslav national team to work with 50 children from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the former Slovenia and Serbia and Montenegro and Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. La Ghirada in Treviso, Italy.
NIKE, BWB’s global partner since 2002, will provide campers and coaches with clothing and footwear.
Among the record 27 former BWB campers on opening night NBA squads for the 2018-19 season (active and inactive), 17 are from Europe, including Danilo Gallinari (LA Clippers, Italy, BWB Europe 2003), Marc Gasol (Toronto Raptors Spain, BWB Europe 2003) and Lauri Markkanen (Chicago Bulls, Finland, BWB Europe 2014, BWB Global 2015).
Follow BWB under the hashtag #BWBEurope on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. BWB Europe campers and coaches will be announced before the camp. Further BWB camps 2019 will be announced at a later date.
NBA Senior Vice President, International Basketball Operations Kim Bohuny said: “We are delighted to bring Basketball Without Borders to Latvia for the first time and to acknowledge the strong work the Latvian Basketball Federation has done to develop elite level players and grow the game, this summer’s camp will offer the best European male and female prospects the opportunity to learn directly from current and former players and coaches in a country with a rich history and a bright future in sports. “
FIBA National Federations & Sporting Director Zoran Radovic: “Latvia is a country with a very rich basketball tradition, they won the first FIBA European Championship in 1935 and have been producing star caliber players for 84 years and it is a great honor to play basketball without borders We are looking forward to testing the best boys and girls from Latvia and all over Europe with the help of the NBA and the Latvian Basketball Association. “
Latvian Basketball Association General Secretary Edgars Sneps said: “Although Latvia is one of the smallest countries in the world, it has produced a total of six NBA players, four of which are currently playing in the strongest basketball league in the world combined with the medals Latvian basketball players have left an indelible imprint on global basketball, and the above-mentioned achievements of our players are further boosting the popularity of the Jr. NBA Latvia League among young players. Taking advantage of this momentum, we are determined to seize every opportunity to strengthen our position to become one of the world’s leading basketball countries, so it is with great pleasure and honor that we have been selected to host the prestigious Basketball Without Borders Europe Camp to vera With the accumulated expertise in organizing international events, we will ensure that participants have a wonderful time in Latvia, both practical skills and enjoy an unforgettable experience. In addition, we are confident that the visit of these prestigious guests and young stars will greatly contribute to the further development of basketball in Latvia. “