• 13 April 2018

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and White Shadow, one of Turkey’s leading sports camps operators, today announced the first NBA Basketball School camps in Europe, located at the Green Park Kartepe Gym in Kartepe, Turkey.

The tuition-based basketball development program will consist of a 12-day camp this June for young male and female players ages 10-16, and registration is now open at turkey.nbabasketballschool.com.  Additional NBA Basketball Schools camps will be launched in Europe and around the world in the coming months.

“We’re excited to partner with White Shadow to bring The NBA Basketball School to Europe for the first time,” said NBA Associate Vice President of Basketball Operations, Europe and Middle East, Neal Meyer.  “Through this program, our goal is to inspire more young boys and girls across the continent to develop their skills under the guidance of experienced coaches using a comprehensive basketball curriculum.  We look forward to bringing The NBA Basketball School to additional European countries in the months and years to come.”

“We are extremely proud to be entering into a partnership with the NBA,” said White Shadow Managing Partner Burçin Badem.  “As the popularity of basketball has increased in Turkey as it has around the world, the number of young athletes who want to improve their skills has increased as well over the past 20 years.  Our aim has always been to give these young players a chance to train with the best coaches in the most productive environment. We also want to ensure they are taught the values of sportsmanship and teamwork and we cannot think of a better partner than the NBA to help us in this mission.”

The NBA Basketball School curriculum, which is designed to help players, parents, coaches and organizations better understand the process of improvement, has been developed by the NBA’s Elite Basketball Development team in consultation with current and former NBA coaches, former NBA players, and player development experts.  The comprehensive curriculum covers oncourt training, strength and conditioning, and basketball education for young players ages 6-18 and is implemented by local coaches working directly with the NBA’s International Basketball Operations staff around the world.

The initiative adds an additional layer to the NBA’s existing basketball development efforts in Europe, including the Jr. NBA, the league’s global youth basketball program for boys and girls that features 33 leagues in 19 European countries; and Basketball Without Borders (BWB), the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program that has been held in Europe 16 times, with more than 25 former BWB Europe campers drafted into the NBA or signed as free agents.

In April 2017, the NBA launched The NBA Basketball School, a network of tuition-based basketball development programs open to male and female players from outside the U.S. ages 6-18.  NBA Basketball Schools have been launched in Mumbai, New Delhi, Pune and Punjab, India.

Fans in Turkey can find more NBA information at NBA.com/Turkey, the league’s official online destination in the Turkey, on Facebook (NBA Turkiye) and Twitter (@NBATurkiye).  Fans can download the NBA App for news, updates, scores, stats, schedules, videos and more. 


The NBA is a global sports and media business built around four professional sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, the NBA G League and the NBA 2K League, set to launch in May 2018.  The NBA has established a major international presence with games and programming in 215 countries and territories in 50 languages, and merchandise for sale in more than 125,000 stores in 100 countries on six continents. NBA rosters at the start of the 2017-18 season featured 108 international players from a record 42 countries and territories.  NBA Digital’s assets include NBA TV, NBA.com, the NBA App and NBA League Pass. The NBA has created one of the largest social media communities in the world, with 1.4 billion likes and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms. Through NBA Cares, the league addresses important social issues by working with internationally recognized youth-serving organizations that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes.


White Shadow was founded by Burçin Badem and Hakan Yavuz in 2000 and is now one of Turkey’s leading sports camps operators.  With the ambition of bringing together Turkey’s leading coaches and ambitious, talented young players, White Shadow has operated countless basketball camps in Turkey over the course of 15 years, working with leading basketball coaches across the country.  It also offers other services to young players and their families in advanced performance testing and mentoring.