US trading firm joins UN in co-sponsoring anti-drug basketball event: UN

7 May 2001

A United States trading firm will co-sponsor "Basketball without Borders," an international effort to promote friendship and educate young people from the countries of the former Yugoslavia about the dangers of drug use, the United Nations announced today.

Tahoe Trading LLC will join the UN Drug Control Programme (UNDCP) and others in sponsoring the three-day camp, which will be conducted in Italy by nine NBA players and 50 participants aged 12 to 14 from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Slovenia and the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.

Led by Vlade Divac, a Yugoslav player from the Sacramento Kings and Toni Kukoc, a Croatian athlete from the Atlanta Hawks, the event will be held in Treviso from 29 June to 2 July.

"Tahoe Trading's co-sponsorship of Basketball without Borders is a great example of the private and public sector working together to build bridges of hope to the next generation in the former Yugoslavia," Pino Arlacchi, the Executive Director of UNDCP, said.

Other sponsors of the event, which is being held as part of the celebration of the UN International Day against Drug Abuse on 26 June, are the International Basketball Federation (FIBA), the NBA, Blu (an Italian mobile phone service) and Benetton, which owns the Treviso basketball team in the Italian league.


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