Friday, 22 July 2016

NBA launches junior league in Cameroon

The National Basketball Association (NBA), in collaboration with the US Embassy and the Cameroon Basketball Federation, on Friday announced the launch of the first Jr. NBA League in Cameroon set to tip off on Friday at Palais Polyvalent des Sports in the country’s capital of Yaounde, SuperSport reports. 
The inaugural season of the Jr. NBA Yaounde League, a school-based basketball program for boys and girls ages 10-14, will be played over six weeks and conclude during the US Sports Envoy in Cameroon September 5-9 with former NBA and WNBA players in attendance. The league features 30 teams from schools across Yaounde competing in Eastern and Western Conferences, with each school representing one of the 30 NBA teams and receiving corresponding NBA team-branded T-shirts for their games. The top eight teams from each conference will qualify for the playoffs and the two conference winners will go on to face each other in the final September 7.

Jr. NBA, the league’s global youth basketball participation program for boys and girls, teaches the fundamental skills as well as the core values of the game at the grassroots level in an effort to help grow and improve the youth basketball experience for players, coaches and parents. During the 2015-16 season, the NBA engaged more than 12 million youth through its basketball participation efforts, with Jr. NBA programs in 35 countries.
“We are excited to announce the launch of the first Jr. NBA League in Cameroon, in collaboration with the US Embassy and Cameroon Basketball Federation,” said NBA Vice President and Managing Director for Africa Amadou Gallo Fall. “Cameroon has great ambassadors in our league, including Basketball without Borders Africa alumni Luc Mbah a Moute of the L.A. Clippers, Joel Embiid of the Philadelphia 76ers, and Pascal Siakam of the Toronto Raptors. The Jr. NBA Yaounde League will help continue the great basketball tradition in the region, while also creating a new platform for youth to participate in the sport.”
The NBA runs similar Jr. NBA Leagues in Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda.

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