Message from the President

Oct 03, 2013

Dear Friends,

While throughout much of the year our club teams and senior national teams are in the spotlight, at TBF building a strong basketball infrastructure has been one of our top priorities for more than two decades. The journey to the podium at EuroBasket, the World Championship or the Olympics begins everyday when a child steps onto a basketball court. As we noted in our 2012–2016 Strategic Plan, “We view every child who plays basketball in Turkey, their friend and families, as a core part of our activities.” 

Today at TBF we are focused on the future and a new era in Turkish basketball. Our Women’s National Team has won back-to-back medals at EuroBasket and will compete at the 2014 World Championship with home-court advantage. Our U18 Men’s Team was this year’s European Champion, and four players from that team were selected to play in the U18 All Star Game at this year’s EuroBasket in Slovenia—more than any other country. 

But for us basketball success is about much more than winning medals. It is about giving children a healthy activity and a motivating environment, whether they dream of playing professionally or just want to have fun and make new friends. 

One of the centrepieces of our efforts to grow our great sport is the 12 Giant Men Basketball Academies. Since 2002 more than 30,000 children have honed their basketball skills at the camps under the instruction of leading Turkish and international coaches. In this newsletter you will hear from Samer Şenbayrak, TBF’s Youth Development Director, who has done so much to make these camps a phenomenal success.

We are always looking for new and exciting ways to promote the game of basketball, which is why we are thrilled to host the final of the 3X3 FIBA World Tour in Istanbul on October 4–5. We will be welcoming teams from all over the world for this exciting competition. 

You can read about this and much more in this month’s newsletter, and we hope that you join us on this exciting journey towards a promising future.

Warm regards,

Turgay Demirel
President, Turkish Basketball Federation 

Also in the October Newsletter:

3X3 Final Comes to Istanbul

EuroBasket U18 All-Star Game

A Conversation with Samer Senbayrak, Youth Development Director at TBF

The Road to 2014