NEW YORK AND MIES, SWITZERLAND – Today, the NBA, WNBA, and FIBA announced that 38 female prospects from 24 countries will attend the first-ever all-girls Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Global camp in Las Vegas. The camp is for high school-age prospects from outside the U.S. who are considered among the best in their respective countries. As part of the AT&T WNBA All-Star 2023, the game will take place at Doral Academy from Friday, July 14, to Sunday, July 16, 2023.
Several former WNBA and FIBA players and teachers, like Edniesha Curry, Betty Lennox, April Sykes, and Tamera Young, as well as Taj McWilliams-Franklin, Ticha Penicheiro, Ruth Riley, and Monica Wright-Rogers, will be coaching the campers. Allison Feaster, the Vice President of Team Operations and Organizational Growth for the Boston Celtics, will be in charge of running the camp.
The players and teachers will lead the campers through a range of activities, such as anthropometric and athletic testing, movement efficiency, skill development stations, shooting and skills competitions, life skills seminars, and 5-on-5 games. On the last day of the camp, the kids who stand out on the court and as leaders will be given awards. These include the Kim Bohuny Camp MVP, the Patrick Baumann Sportsmanship Award, the Three-Point Champion, and the Defensive MVP. The campers will also go to the 2023 AT&T WNBA All-Star Game on Saturday, July 15, at the Michelob Ultra Arena.
“In the past, BWB has had co-ed camps for top male and female prospects, but we saw an opportunity to start a separate camp for top female prospects from outside the U.S. at WNBA All-Star to celebrate women’s basketball and give participants a chance to show off their skills in front of WNBA executives, coaches, and scouts,” said NBA Elite Basketball Women’s Operations Lead Cinnamon Lister. “The WNBA and women’s basketball as a whole has never been more popular around the world, and we can’t wait to bring the next generation of international players together so they can continue developing with their peers from all over the world and experience the excitement of All-Star.”
Nike has been a world partner of BWB since 2002. They will give all the campers and coaches clothes and shoes from Nike.
Since 2001, BWB, a global basketball development and community outreach program run by the NBA and FIBA, has touched more than 4,000 people from 136 countries and territories. Of these people, 111 have gone on to play in the NBA or WNBA. The NBA and FIBA have put on 69 BWB camps in 45 places in 32 countries on six continents.
Awak Kuier (Dallas Wings, Finland, BWB Global 2017), Jade Melbourne (Seattle Storm, Australia, BWB Global 2020), Iliana Rupert (Atlanta Dream, France, BWB Global 2018), and Han Xu (New York Liberty, China, BWB Global 2018) are all former BWB campers who now play in the NBA or WNBA. Kia NBA MVP Joel Embiid (Philadelphia 76ers; Cameroon; BWB Africa 2011), Shai Gilgeous-Alexander (Oklahoma City Thunder; Canada; BWB Global 2016), and Jamal Murray (Denver Nuggets; Canada; BWB Global 2015).
This season, the WNBA has more than 25 players from outside the U.S.
Use the term #BWBGlobal on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to keep up with the camp. Find out more about BWB at BasketballWithoutBorders.com, @NBAAcademyPR on Twitter, and @NBAcademy on Instagram.
The following is a full list of all the players who will be at the first BWB Global camp at the WNBA All-Star:
|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|