NBA, WNBA, FIBA Announce Groundbreaking event: All-Girls Basketball Without Borders Camp
NBA, WNBA, FIBA are all major basketball organizations that have a commitment to promoting this sport worldwide. It is an important step for the basketball world to be inclusive and promote gender equality by hosting the first Basketball Without Borders camp exclusively for girls. This unique camp gives girls from different countries the chance to showcase their talents, learn from top coaches and interact with prominent women athletes.
NBA, as the leading men’s professional league of basketball, is a powerful inspiration for young athletes all over the world. In partnering with WNBA, premier women’s basketball league, these organizations demonstrate their commitment to equality for men and women in sports. Together with FIBA, International Basketball Federation, they have the resources, expertise, and global reach necessary to run a successful camp focusing on empowering female talent. This all-girls basketball camp highlights the importance and value of supporting and encouraging female athletes.
NEW YORK AND MIES SWITZERLAND – The National Basketball Association (NBA), the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) today announced that 38 of the top female prospects from 24 countries will travel to Las Vegas, Nevada for the first all-girls Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Global camp for top high school-age prospects from outside the U.S. The event will be held Friday, July 14 – Sunday, July 16 at Doral Academy as part of AT&T WNBA All-Star 2023.
Campers will be coached and mentored by former WNBA, FIBA, and WNBA Coaches Development Program players, such as Edniesha Curry and Betty Lennox. Also, Taj McWilliams Franklin, Ticha Pennicheiro, Ruth Riley, and Monica Wright Rogers. Boston Celtics Vice President of Team Operations & Organizational Growth Allison Feaster will serve as the camp director.
Players and coaches will guide the campers in a variety activities including anthropometric testing and athletic tests, movement efficiency, skills development stations, competitions for shooting and skills, seminars on life skills, and 5-on-5 matches. On the last day of camp, the Kim Bohuny MVP Camp, the Patrick Baumann Sportsmanship Award winner, the Three Point Champion, and the Defensive Mvp will be awarded to campers who have excelled on court and as leaders. The campers will also attend the 2023 AT&T WNBA All-Star Game at Michelob Ultra Arena on Saturday, July 15.
“While BWB has historically featured co-ed camps for top male and female prospects, we saw a unique opportunity to launch a standalone camp for top female prospects from outside the U.S. at WNBA All-Star to celebrate women’s basketball and provide participants with a platform to showcase their talent in front of WNBA executives, coaches and scouts,” Cinnamon Lister, the NBA Elite Basketball Women’s Operation Lead. “The WNBA and the women’s game as a whole have never been more popular globally, and we look forward to bringing the next generation of international players together to continue their development alongside their peers from around the world and experience the excitement of All-Star.”
Nike, BWB’s global partner since 2002, will provide apparel and footwear to the campers as well as coaches.
BWB is the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball outreach and development program. Since 2001, it has attracted more than 4,000 participants in 136 countries, and 111 of them have gone on to play for the NBA or WNBA. NBA and FIBA has staged 69 BWB Camps in 45 Cities across 32 Countries on Six Continents. Former BWB Campers in the NBA & WNBA include Awak K. Kuier (Dallas Wings ; Finland : BWB Global 2017), Jade Melbourne, (Seattle Storm ; Australia ; BWB Global 2021), Iliana R. Rupert, (Atlanta Dream ; France ; BWB Global 2019), Han Xu ; (New York Liberty ; China ; BWB Global 2019), Joel Embiid (2022
The WNBA has more than 25 players outside the U.S. this season.
This is a list of all players who will be participating in the BWB Global first camp at WNBA All-Star. (Rosters are subject to change).
|Audrey Batchaya Djofang||Cameroon|
|Whitney Sandrine Chouamo Kamgain||Cameroon|
|Cille Grundtvig Petersen||Denmark|
|Marta Eleri Jaama||Estonia|
|Helena Lilla Dobo||Hungary|
|Erica Carr Ramos||Mexico|
|Lauren Whittaker||New Zealand|
|Franchesca Torres||Puerto Rico|
|Jessie Nar Jie Shi||Singapore|
|Angel Chisom Oguegbunam||South Africa|