We already know Israel haters are basket cases. This is just going to send them into
The National Basketball Association (NBA), the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the Israel Basketball Association today announced that the 16th edition of Basketball without Borders (BWB) Europe will be held Aug. 13-16 at The Wingate Institute in Netanya, Israel, marking the first time that the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program will be held in Israel.
BWB Europe will bring together the top male and female players born in 2000 from across Europe to learn directly from NBA and FIBA players, legends and coaches and to compete against the best young players from the continent. BWB Europe will also include a variety of NBA Cares and Jr. NBA community outreach efforts with youth in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv in partnership with local community organizations. These programs 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.
Executive and Player Quotes:
NBA Vice President, International Basketball Operations & Head of Elite Basketball, Brooks Meek:
“Hosting BWB in Israel will allow the NBA and FIBA to use basketball and the values of the game, including teamwork, integrity and respect, to bring together youth and community organizations from a variety of backgrounds and foster cultural understanding. We’re looking forward to welcoming Europe’s top male and female prospects to Israel in August.”
FIBA National Federations & Sport Director Zoran Radovic:
“We are extremely happy that Israel will host Basketball without Borders Europe for the first time, and we are confident this will enhance the development of young players in Israel. Hosting Basketball without Borders in August and then hosting the Group Phase of FIBA EuroBasket 2017 in September will make for two very exciting basketball months in Israel as well as put a focus on European and local basketball heroes. We look forward to having another very successful Basketball without Borders camp and wish to thank Israel’s basketball community for all the help and efforts in staging the camp.”
Israel Basketball Association:
“The Israel Basketball Association is excited to cooperate with the NBA and FIBA on this great Basketball without Borders program. We are proud that Israel was chosen to host the event and for the opportunity to become a part of this wonderful basketball tradition. With the NBA and FIBA we will work to make sure Europe’s top male and female players will experience Israel and the event in the best way.”
Minnesota Timberwolves forward Omri Casspi:
“Basketball without Borders is an amazing program, and I’m fortunate that I was able to participate as a camper in 2005. It’s great to see the NBA and FIBA recognize Israel’s basketball development efforts by hosting the camp there for the first time. I look forward to working with Europe’s top male and female players and showing them the beauty and culture of my home country.”
Let the seething begin!