Injured Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford (15) (gray sports coat) sits on the bench with team mates during the game against the Phoenix Suns during the second half at Philips Arena. The Suns defeated the Hawks 102-95. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford to participate in Basketball without Borders


For the fourth time in his career (as reported by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution), Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford will be traveling internationally this summer in partnership with Basketball without Borders. Here is the official release from the NBA:

The 2014 Basketball without Borders (BWB) schedule will feature first-time camps in Taipei, Taiwan and Rome, Italy, and will return to Johannesburg, South Africa, it was announced today by the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). Basketball without Borders, the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development program, has reached 1,700 campers from more than 120 countries, with 28 BWB campers drafted into the NBA.

BWB Europe will tip off the summer schedule from June 2 - 5 in Rome. Highlighting the camp will be three current Italian NBA players and former BWB campers: Danilo Gallinari (BWB 2003, Denver Nuggets), Andrea Bargnani (BWB 2003, New York Knicks), and Italian national team captain Gigi Datome (BWB 2003, Detroit Pistons). In addition, Brandon Knight (Milwaukee Bucks) and Al Horford (Atlanta Hawks) will also participate. BWB Europe 2014 will bring together the top 50 players born in 1997 from more than 25 European countries. The camp was held previously in Treviso, Italy in 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2005.

Horford participated in only 29 games during the 2013-2014 season before undergoing season-ending surgery, but he was productive (18.6 points, 8.4 rebounds, 1.5 blocks per game) before going down with the injury. He has reportedly traveled to Mexico City, Singapore and South Africa during his six-year NBA career, and Horford has been visibly conscious of events happening around the world.

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