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Josh Ward-Hibbert (pictured) and Dale Francis have been selected as the UK representatives for this year’s Basketball Without Borders camp.
Both players have been involved in the England international junior setup at some point in their careers, Ward-Hibbert, a 6’4″ do it all guard, and Dale Francis, a 6’9″ big man.
Speaking to Hoopsfix, Ward-Hibbert was understandably hyped about being selected for the camp:
“It’s a great honour, not many players will get to attend so its amazing that I get to go. I’ma just do what I do, work hard as I do, and see what happens. I’m looking forward to just running against all the top players.”
He also addressed the rumours that he will be putting his basketball career on hold to focus on tennis, a sport in which he is internationally ranked. Looking ahead to next season he said:
“It will be a busy season but I’ma find plenty of time for my basketball. With regards to my plans for next year, I’m just going to work hard at both and make decisions as they come.”
A joint NBA and FIBA intiative, Basketball without Borders will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year. First held in 2001, Basketball without Borders is the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development program that uses the sport to create positive social change in the areas of education and health and wellness.
The camp, features the top 1994 born players from each region, as selected by the NBA and FIBA, training under NBA legends and coaches. Campers receive top-level instruction on-court and participate in daily life-skills seminars focused on values of the game such as leadership, character development, and living a healthy lifestyle.
Basketball without Borders Europe is the highlight of this year’s 3 camps, and will be held in Ljubljana, Slovenia, Aug. 8-11. This marks the first camp held in one of the former Yugoslav republics, which was where the 50 campers who attended the inaugural Basketball Without Borders camp hailed from. Additionally, many of the original NBA player coaches will return this year, including NBA Legend Vlade Divac (Serbia), who was instrumental in the creation of the BWB program. Other legends attending the camp include Dalibor Bagaric (Croatia), Rasho Nesterovic (Slovenia), Zarko Cabarkapa (Montenegro), Bruno Sundov (Croatia), Zan Tabak (Croatia) and Dragan Tarlac (Serbia).
Shout out to both these guys and wishing them all the best at the camp!