'They give me back my hope'

A Basketball Without Borders trip to South Africa touches the world, there and here

Originally Published: September 14, 2009
By Richard Lapchick | Special to ESPN.com

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- In Johannesburg earlier this month, all the sports talk was about the 2010 World Cup. It dominated the sports pages and TV time. And yet, the NBA created its own space here with the arrival of its Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Program.

I traveled with the BWB and watched with interest as it happened, not only to observe the effect of NBA stars Dwight Howard, Dirk Nowitzki and Chris Bosh and WNBA legends Theresa Edwards and Nykesha Sales on the people ...

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