ABU DHABi: The National Basketball Association, the International Basketball Federation and the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism have announced that the 13th edition of Basketball Without Borders Asia will be held at the New York University campus in Abu Dhabi from June 2-5.
This marks the first time the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program will be held in the Arabian Gulf.
BWB Asia 2023 will bring together the top male and female players ages 18 and under from across Asia to learn directly from current and former NBA, WNBA and FIBA players, legends and coaches and compete alongside their peers from the region. The campers and coaches, who will be announced prior to the camp, will also take part in life skills, leadership development and NBA Cares programming.
In conjunction with BWB Asia 2023, a Jr. NBA Abu Dhabi Elite Camp will be held at the New York University campus in Abu Dhabi from June 2-4. The camp will bring together 40 of the top boys and girls ages 15 and under from the Jr. NBA Abu Dhabi League to participate in fundamental skill development and 5-on-5 competition.
In January, the NBA and DCT Abu Dhabi launched an expanded second season of the Jr. NBA Abu Dhabi League, featuring boys’ and girls’ leagues each composed of 450 players ages 11-14 from schools across the UAE capital.
“For more than two decades, Basketball Without Borders has played a key role in developing top international prospects, with more than 100 having advanced to the NBA and WNBA,” said NBA Europe and Middle East Managing Director Ralph Rivera. “We’re thrilled to be bringing this transformative program to the Arabian Gulf for the first time and thank FIBA and DCT Abu Dhabi for their commitment to helping develop the next generation of players in the UAE and beyond.”
FIBA National Federations and Sports Director Zoran Radovic said: “We are extremely happy to have this edition of BWB Asia in the UAE for the first time, where the best prospects from Asia and Oceania will be able to demonstrate their skills and commitment to our sport.
“Our appreciation goes to DCT Abu Dhabi for accepting this joint initiative from both the NBA and FIBA and for their commitment to this prestigious camp. We look forward to seeing the future stars of the game in Abu Dhabi.”
Director General of Tourism at DCT Abu Dhabi Saleh Al-Geziry said: “It’s an honor to host the 13th edition of Basketball Without Borders Asia in Abu Dhabi, bringing the prestigious program to the region for the very first time.
“In collaboration with the NBA and FIBA, DCT Abu Dhabi is committed to inspiring and equipping young athletes, both in the UAE and across the world, teaching the fundamental skills and core values of the game, including teamwork, respect, determination, and community. Through the Jr. NBA Abu Dhabi Elite Camp and our ongoing Jr. NBA League program, we are developing the talent of school children across the emirate, fostering a love for basketball, as well as team spirit and dedication. We wish all the players the best of luck and look forward to seeing their talent develop.”
BWB Asia 2023 and the Jr. NBA Abu Dhabi Elite Camp are part of a multiyear collaboration between the NBA and DCT Abu Dhabi that will feature the Dallas Mavericks and the Minnesota Timberwolves playing two preseason games on Thursday, Oct. 5 and Saturday, Oct. 7 at Etihad Arena on Yas Island as part of the NBA Abu Dhabi Games 2023.