New Delhi, February 10: Two Indian Cagers Aashay Verma and Priyanka Prabhakara have been selected for Basketball without Borders (BWB) Global Camp in New Orleans, USA as part of the boys’ and girls’ squads respectively. Verma (17) is 7-foot, 1-inch tall and plays center while Prabhakara is a 5-foot, 10-inch tall player, who hails from Kerala.
Notably, this is the first time that Indians basketball players are selected in the international group. The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) on Friday announced the top 67 boys and girls from 32 countries and territories who will travel to New Orleans for the third annual Basketball without Borders (BWB) Global Camp. The camp will be held Feb. 17-19 at the New Orleans Pelicans’ practice facility as part of NBA All-Star 2017 and Nike will serve as the official partner.
NBA Vice President Brooks Meek said basketball without Borders program was founded on the belief that basketball brings young players from different backgrounds together and transcends cultural boundaries.
Players and coaches will lead the campers through a variety of activities on and off the court, including movement efficiency, positional skill development, shooting and skills competitions, 5-on-5 games, and daily life skills seminars focusing on health, leadership and communication. One boy and one girl are named as BWB Global Camp MVPs at the conclusion of the three-day camp.
The campers will attend the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge, State Farm NBA All-Star Saturday Night, and the 66th NBA All-Star Game at Smoothie King Center. Importantly, the camp has been organised annually since 2001. 41 BWB camps have been held across 23 cities in 20 countries with in excess of 2300 participants from more than 120 countries and territories. It also promotes leadership, education, sportsmanship and healthy living with an emphasis on HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention.