Orlando Magic’s Patrick Ewing and Bo Outlaw Conclude Basketball Without Borders Africa in Johannesburg


Here is the official word from the Orlando Magic:

"The Orlando Magic’s Patrick Ewing and Bo Outlaw Conclude Basketball Without Borders Africa in Johannesburg Johannesburg--NBA Legend and Magic Assistant Coach Patrick Ewing along with legend and Magic Community Ambassador Bo Outlaw recently wrapped up Basketball without Borders (BWB) Africa 2011, the trip also headlined legends Alonzo Mourning and Dikembe Mutombo.  BWB returned to South Africa for the eighth time September 1-4.  BWB is the NBA’s and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program, which uses sports to influence positive social change. The trip reunited Georgetown University alumni Ewing, Mourning and Mutombo for their first trip to Africa together since the three were part of a contingent of NBA players, officials, coaches, and legends that traveled to Kenya, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (formerly Zaire), and South Africa for basketball youth clinics in 1994. “I had such an amazing experience in 1994 that I jumped at the opportunity to return to South Africa with Dikembe and Alonzo to participate in Basketball without Borders,” said Ewing, currently serving as assistant coach for the Orlando Magic. “The African continent has a huge reserve of untapped talent.” Ewing, Mourning and Mutombo were joined by former Slam Dunk Champion Dee Brown; NBA All-Star and two-time NBA Three-Point Champion Jeff Hornacek; NBA Legend and current Magic Community Ambassador Bo Outlaw and WNBA Legends Tamika Raymond and Edna Campbell. NBA coaches in attendance included Harold Ellis (Detroit Pistons); Marc Eversley (Toronto Raptors); Lionel Hollins (Memphis Grizzlies); Noel Gillespie (Phoenix Suns); Mark Hughes (New York Knicks); Patrick Hunt (FIBA Coach); BJ Johnson (Houston Rockets); Milt Newton (Washington Wizards); and Monty Williams (New Orleans Hornets). Dionne Calhoun from the 2011 NBA Champion Dallas Mavericks and Koichi Sato (Washington Wizards) joined as camp trainers. Phoenix Suns General Manager Lance Blanks and Denver Nuggets General Manager Masai Ujiri returned as camp directors. Since the inaugural ‘Africa 100 Camp’ in 2003, more than 100 NBA players and team personnel and more than 500 campers have participated in the camps in Johannesburg and Dakar, with five participants having made the transition to the NBA. BWB Africa was hosted by the King Edward VII School in Johannesburg and featured top players 18 and under from across Africa, as selected by the NBA and FIBA, who trained under NBA and WNBA Legends and coaches, and competing against their peers.  Campers received top-level instruction on-court and participated in daily life-skills seminars focused on values of the game such as leadership, character development, and living a healthy lifestyle. Through NBA Cares, the NBA legends and coaches also participated in extensive community outreach efforts highlighted by the creation of places for children and families to live, learn or play including new technology centers, libraries and basketball courts. BWB Africa Photos and Recaps of All Four Days Below:Day Four Recap | Day Four Photo GalleryDay Three Recap | Day Three Photo GalleryDay Two Recap | Day Two Photo GalleryDay One Recap | Day One Photo Gallery | Day One VideoMutombo reflects on 10th anniversary of BWB Program"


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