NBA ju­nior league to get Sh1 m from USA

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports -

BY WIL­LIAM NJU­GUNA/ The govern­ment of the United States of Amer­ica will in­ject Sh1m into the in­au­gu­ral NBA Ju­nior League start­ing next year.

The league, which will tar­get teenage play­ers across the coun­try, will tip off early next year in a move that seeks to de­velop bas­ket­ball stars of the fu­ture. “NBA Africa has iden­ti­fied Kenya as one of the five pri­or­ity coun­tries due to the pas­sion of bas­ket­ball,” said NBA Africa vice pres­i­dent and man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Amadou Gallo Fall. “Since we es­tab­lished our of­fice in 2010, our key pil­lar is so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity and giv­ing back to com­mu­ni­ties which is part of driv­ing the pop­u­lar­ity of the game around the world. We are de­lighted to be work­ing with both the United States Em­bassy and the Gina Din Foun­da­tion on this project,” added Fall.

NBA is al­ready run­ning sim­i­lar com­pe­ti­tions in eight other coun­tries across Africa with 12 mil­lion play­ers cur­rently tak­ing part.

Thirty teams will fea­ture in the league which will fol­low a sim­i­lar struc­ture to the NBA.

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