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Israel hosts Basketball without Borders Europe

The 16th edition of Basketball without Borders (BWB) Europe will be held August 13-16 at the Wingate Institute in Netanya, marking the first time that Israel is hosting the National Basketball Association (NBA) and International Basketball Federation (FIBA) global basketball development and community outreach program.

BWB Europe brings 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. This summer’s edition is held in cooperation with the Israel Basketball Association.

Since its founding in 2001, BWB has reached more than 2,720 participants from 134 countries and territories, with 43 campers later drafted into the NBA. Thirteen former BWB Europe campers were on opening-night rosters for the 2016-17 season, including Golden State Warriors forward Omri Casspi of Israel, who was a camper in BWB Europe 2005.

Israel’s Omri Casspi, forward for the Golden State Warriors. Photo courtesy of NBA.com

Casspi — the only active NBA player from Israel — is involved in this year’s BWB program, which includes a variety of NBA Cares and Jr. NBA community events for youth in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv in partnership with local community organizations.

FIBA National Federations & Sport Director Zoran Radovic said that BWB in August and then 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.”

“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,” said Brooks Meek, NBA Vice President, International Basketball Operations & Head of Elite…

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