Kelly Olynyk attended a Basketball Without Borders Americas camp in Mexico City nine years ago as an 18-year-old.
The Miami Heat big man will be on the other side in one week, joining three other NBA players and two former WNBA stars at the NBA Academy India in the National Capital Territory of Delhi to serve as coaches for Basketball Without Borders Asia.
The event will be Wednesday though June 2.
Olynyk, who is from Canada, will be joined by Oklahoma City’s Corey Brewer, Brooklyn’s Caris LeVert, Dallas’ Dwight Powell (also from Canada), two-time WNBA Champion Ruth Riley and former WNBA player Ebony Hoffman. They will coach the top high school age campers from throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
Heat coach Erik Spoelstra took part of the BWB program in Africa last summer. Spoelstra praised the experience and has said he would like to participate in future BWB events.
“I just want to be able to give and serve,” Spoelstra said at the time. “It’s a great game that we all feel so grateful for. I’ve done a lot of the NBA programs in the Philippines and other places in South Florida. But I’ve always wanted to be a part of BWB in Africa.… and to offer my services for the week. However little those may be, I just want to be able to help and contribute.”
BWB Asia 2018 will feature two current prospects from NBA Academies, the league’s signature elite player development initiative that consists of a network of elite basketball training centers around the world for top male and female prospects from outside the U.S. Since October 2016, NBA Academies have been launched in Australia, China; Delhi NCR, Mexico City and Senegal.
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.
Current assistant coaches Bret Brielmaier of the Nets, Darvin Ham of the Hawks, Ryan Saunders of the Timberwolves and Mike Wells of the Jazz also will serve as coaches.
BWB has reached more than 3,190 participants from 127 countries and territories since 2001, with more than 50 former campers drafted into the NBA or signed as free agents. A record 24 former BWB campers were on opening-night rosters for the 2017-18 season.
The NBA and FIBA have staged 53 BWB camps in 33 cities across 27 countries on six continents. More than 250 current and former NBA, WNBA and FIBA players have joined more than 200 NBA team personnel from all 30 NBA teams to support BWB across the world.