NBA Cares partners with internationally-recognized organizations to host programs and grassroots events that use the power of sports to address important social issues around the world.
Basketball without Borders (BWB) is the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program that unites young basketball players to promote the sport and encourage positive social change in the areas of education, health, and wellness. The top youth players (19 and under) from Asia, Europe, Latin America and Africa train under NBA players and coaches and compete against their peers. NBA players partner with local community groups to lead daily life-skills sessions.
The NBA and FIBA have staged 39 BWB camps in 24 cities in 20 countries on 5 continents with 37 former BWB campers drafted into the NBA. 2015 Basketball without Borders camps included:
- Basketball without Borders Europe was held in Gran Canaria, Spain for the first time
- Basketball without Borders Americas was held in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic for the first time
- Basketball without Borders Africa returned to Johannesburg, South Africa for the 12th time
As part of NBA Global Games 2015, six NBA teams will play seven games in seven cities in six countries as the league continues to bring the NBA experience to fans around the world.
- Orlando Magic Dedicate Court in Rio de Janeiro
- Charlotte Hornets Unveil New Learn & Play Center in Shenzhen
- Los Angeles Clippers Host NBA Cares Clinic in Shanghai
- Boston Celtics Team Up With Special Olympics in Milan
- Boston Celtics Lead Special Olympics Clinic in Madrid