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Petrovic, Showalter present on the first day of the FIBA Americas Youth Development Program Elite Camp

CAMPINAS (Americas) - The first edition of the FIBA Americas Youth Development Program Elite Camp began in the Clube Campineiro de Regatas e Natação with an exciting and widespread day of training and teaching lectures for the participants.

The FIBA Americas Youth Development Program Elite Camp will be held until December 17th in Campinas with the participation of 24 athletes and 10 referees.

Aleksandar Petrovic

The athletes and referees, born between 2002-2005, participated in a welcome conference with Mr. Aleksandar Petrovic, Head Coach of the Brazilian National Team, Mr. Don Showalter, 10 times gold medalist as coach in FIBA youth championships with USA, and Mr. Carlos Alves, FIBA Americas Executive Director as main speakers.

Don Showalter

To close the first day of the camp, the players went through anthropometric measurements and physical evaluations. The referees, for their part, received a special conference from Mr. Geraldo Fontana, FIBA Americas Referee Director.

The second day of the camp (December 14) will begin with a conference for players and it will continue with a skills development section. The day will conclude with team practices and 5-on-5 games.

FIBA Americas Executive Director, Mr. Carlos Alves

The Youth Elite Camp falls under the umbrella of one of FIBA Americas’ Key Pillars, the Youth Development Program that has the following objectives:
• Seek and Develop the Elite Young Players in the Americas with a view to have these participants elevating the quality of their National Teams by the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2023 and the Paris Olympic Games 2024
• Establish a process for tracking and monitoring young talent in their Evolution and Progression in the Americas Region
• Work hand in hand with Key Stakeholders and National Federations Identifying the Talent

The Program, that will be executed through individual camps and development of young talent, is structured into three pillars: growing access of basketball to young athletes, giving more opportunities for young women to develop their game and creating a platform for the elite youth players of the Americas. Its implementation phase will begin with Elite Camps for boys in December 2018 and throughout the year 2019, with 2020 as the initial date for the Elite Camp for girls.

Campinas is hosting the first of several camps to be held in the Americas. Future FIBA Youth Elite Camps are scheduled for South America, Central America and the Caribbean, culminating in a FIBA Americas Regional Camp and World Camp later next year.