Press Releases

    UNIS/NAR/724
    13 June 2001

     

     

    YOUTH PLAYERS SELECTED FOR ‘BASKETBALL
    WITHOUT BORDERS’

    Kraft Foods International and Milka chocolate team-up with UN

     

    VIENNA, 13 June (UN Information Service) – Fifty boys aged 12-14 from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Slovenia and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia have been chosen for "Basketball without Borders," ("Kosarka bez granica"), a basketball camp to take place in Treviso, Italy, from June 29 to July 2.

    Nine National Basketball Association (NBA) players, led by veterans Vlade Divac of the Sacramento Kings, a native of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, and Toni Kukoc of the Atlanta Hawks, a native of Croatia, will conduct the basketball camp. Benetton, which owns the Treviso basketball team in the Italian league, is a co-sponsor of the camp and will host the players at La Ghirada, their basketball facilities north of Venice.

    Kraft Foods International and Milka chocolate also announced they will join the United Nations International Drug Control Program (UNDCP) and the National Basketball Association (NBA) as co-sponsors of "Basketball without Borders".

    "As the largest chocolate brand in Europe, Milka is very excited to be a co-sponsor of "Basketball without Borders", said Ramon Weidinger, General Manager of Kraft Foods Southeast Europe Development Markets. "As Milka celebrates its 100th birthday this year, we are pleased to be associated with an event that unifies children from all countries of the former Yugoslavia."

    "We are very pleased that Kraft Foods International recognises the importance of working with the public sector to build bridges of hope to the next generation," said UNDCP Executive Director Pino Arlacchi.

    Other NBA players participating in the camp include: Zan Tabak (Croatia) and Bruno Sundov (Croatia) of the Indiana Pacers; Peja Stojakovic (Federal Republic of Yugoslavia) of the Sacramento Kings; Alex Radojevic (Federal Republic of Yugoslavia) of the Denver Nuggets; Rasho Nesterovic (Slovenia) of the Minnesota Timberwolves; Dalibor Bagaric (Croatia) and Dragan Tarlac (Federal Republic of Yugoslavia) of the Chicago Bulls. LA Clippers assistant coach Igor Kokoskov (Federal Republic of Yugoslavia), European basketball players Vrbica Stefanov (Federal Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia) and Nenad Markovic (Bosnia and Herzegovina) also will help conduct the camp.

    The young players will be outfitted by Champion with footwear provided by Nike. Other co-sponsors of the event include: blu, one of Italy’s major telephone service providers, Spalding, Ciba Textiles of Austria, Gatorade, Austrian Airlines, Johnson & Johnson, ICN Pharmaceuticals, Algida and Tahoe Trading LLC.

    The players have been grouped into four teams: Chicago Bulls, Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings and Minnesota Timberwolves. The following is a complete list of the coaches and players participating in Basketball without Borders:

     

    Team Coaches:

    Chicago Bulls: Toni Kukoc, Dragan Tarlac and Vrbica Stefanov
    Sacramento Kings:Vlade Divac, Nenad Markovic, and Bruno Sundov
    Indiana Pacers:Igor Kokoskov, Peja Stojakovic and Zan Tabak
    Minnesota Twolves: Rasho Nesterovic, Alex Radojevic and Marin Sedlacek

    CHICAGO BULLS

    SACRAMENTO KINGS

    Last Name

    First Name

    Country

    Last Name

    First Name

    Country

    Bekavac

    Luka

    Croatia

    Stancic

    Marko

    Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Cutuk

    Sandro

    Croatia

    Dojcinovski

    Darko

    FYRO Macedonia

    Mijatovic

    Nenad

    Yugoslavia

    Janc

    Matic

    Slovenia

    Minoski

    Milorad

    Macedonia

    Kostovski

    Aleksandar

    FYRO Macedonia

    Nemanja

    Aleksandrov

    Yugoslavia

    Labovic

    Dragan

    FR Yugoslavia

    Radevski

    Marko

    Macedonia

    Lorbek

    Klemen

    Slovenia

    Radovanovic

    Marko

    Bosnia

    Marcic

    Peter

    Slovenia

    Siriscevic

    Ivan

    Croatia

    Novalic

    Drazen

    Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Srebrnic

    Aljaz

    Slovenia

    Popovic

    Svetozar

    FR Yugoslavia

    Tomic

    Boban

    Slovenia

    Tepic

    Milenko

    FR Yugoslavia

    Zivic

    Vehan

    Bosnia

    Ugrinovski

    Aleksandar

    FYRO Macedonia

    Zukan

    Islam

    Bosnia

    Uvodic

    Ivan

    Croatia

    Zunic

    Damjan

    Croatia

     

    INDIANA PACERS

    MINNESOTA TIMBERWOLVES

    Last Name

    First Name

    Country

    Last Name

    First Name

    Country

    Duranovic

    Nadan

    Bosnia

    Ademovic

    Ammar

    Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Karin

    Hrvoje

    Croatia

    Grcak

    Miljan

    FR Yugoslavia

    Miljanik

    Nikola

    Macedonia

    Karamanolev

    Kosta

    FYRO Macedonia

    Mladen

    Duric

    Yugoslavia

    Krofl

    Matej

    Slovenia

    Popovic

    Nikola

    Bosnia

    Mlakar

    Dejan

    Slovenia

    Pticak

    Jaka

    Slovenia

    Novicic

    Danilo

    FYRO Macedonia

    Sterle

    Luka

    Slovenia

    Pihlar

    Ziga

    Slovenia

    Trifunovic

    Lazar

    Yugoslavia

    Solic

    Arsen

    Croatia

    Vlasic

    Marin

    Croatia

    Stevanovic

    Igor

    Bosnia and Herzegovina

    Volas

    Milan

    Bosnia

    Stula

    Mario

    Croatia

    Zepina

    Kresimir

    Croatia

    Teodosic

    Milos

    FR Yugoslavia

    Zivcevic

    Nenad

    Macedonia

    Veskovski

    Blagoja

    FYRO Macedonia

    Durkovic

    Marko

    FR Yugoslavia

     

    For more information, please contact:

    Zach Messitte, United Nations, messitte@un.org, (212) 963-2710
    Helen Wong, NBA, hwong@nba.com, (212) 407-8299