Casspi, Spurs Legend Robinson Headline First NBA-Israel Camp
Basketball without Border is heading to Israel for the first time ever and the headliners are aplenty.
On Thursday, the NBA, FIBA, and the Israel Basketball Association announced that both current and former NBA, WNBA, and FIBA players will coach in Israel from August 13 to the 16 in Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and at the Wingate Institute in Netanya. This will mark the first time the NBA and FIBA will engage in community outreach in Israel. Nike is reportedly the official partner for the event which will bring together the top 62-boys and girls aged 17 and under from 22-different countries.
Some of the big names who will headline the event will be the Israeli-born Golden State Warriors swingman, Omri Casspi, NBA legend David Robinson, Norman Powell of the Toronto Raptors, and former Toronto Raptor and Israeli basketball alum, Anthony Parker.
The following are notes on the event acquired directly from Chase Kressel, NBA’s International and Youth Basketball Communications specialist:
- In partnership with the Jerusalem International YMCA and leading community organizations, NBA and FIBA players, coaches and legends will dedicate a new NBA Cares Learn & Play Center at the YMCA by participating in a series of interactive programs with local youth. The Learn & Play Center will feature a new “Youth Hub,” a multi-use classroom space for meetings, trainings, cultural dialogues and language instruction in Arabic, English and Hebrew; and enhancements to the YMCA’s basketball gymnasium, both of which will be the home of programs that use sports, the arts, and cultural exchanges to educate and empower local youth leaders.
- In partnership with the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation and the Jerusalem International YMCA, NBA and FIBA players and legends will participate in Building Bridges of Understanding, a workshop with youth leaders working to cross cultural boundaries in society. The program will bring together a diverse group of high-school aged boys and girls from Christian, Druze, Jewish, Muslim and other communities for interactive workshops, team building activities and musical performances.
- A Jr. NBA basketball clinic for 80 local youth focusing on fundamentals, fitness and fun will be held in partnership with Maccabi Tel Aviv and the Omri Casspi Foundation.
- BWB campers will participate in team-building and leadership sessions focusing on success on and off the court and bridging cultural divides.