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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
and Helen Wong, NBA, hwong@nba.com, (212) 407-8299

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