Joakim Noah and Tyrus Thomas will participate in Basketball without Borders 2009. Basketball without Borders (BWB) is the NBA and FIBA's global basketball development program that uses the sport to create positive social change in the areas of education, health and wellness. The camps will be held in Beijing, China, Mexico City, Mexico and Johannesburg, South Africa. Noah and Thomas will attend the Johannesburg, South Africa camp from September 2-6.
``Basketball without Borders helps us to grow the game of basketball and bring attention to important social issues that affect communities around the world," said Kathleen Behrens, NBA Executive Vice President, Social Responsibility and Player Programs. ``We know that by teaching the values of the game - teamwork, sportsmanship, hard work, and healthy living our current and former players and coaches can also make a lasting impact on communities in need."
Two NBA players will bring the camp to their home countries this summer. Houston Rockets center Yao Ming will lead Basketball without Borders Asia in Beijing, China July 30th to August 2nd and Basketball without Borders Americas will feature Eduardo Najera of the New Jersey Nets in Mexico City, Mexico from August 6th to 9th. For the seventh consecutive year, Basketball without Borders Africa will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa from Sept 2nd to 6th starring Boozer, Bosh, Howard and Slam Dunk champion New York Knicks' Nate Robinson.
The top youth players 19 and under from Asia, Latin America and Africa, as selected by the NBA, FIBA and participating federations, will train under NBA players and coaches and compete against their peers. Campers will be divided into teams independent of race, religion or nationality to promote friendship and diversity. NBA players will partner with local community groups to lead daily life-skills sessions focusing on the importance of education, leadership, character development, health and wellness. Through NBA Cares, the league's social responsibility initiative, NBA players and coaches will participate in extensive community outreach programs with local non-profit organizations including the creation of places for children and families to live, learn or play.