SPORT NBA launches first Jnr league in Tan­za­nia

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The Na­tional Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion (NBA) and Sym­bion Sports Ground Lim­ited (SSGL), a divi­sion of Sym­bion Power, have an­nounced the launch of the first Jr. NBA League in Tan­za­nia.

The school-based Jr. NBA SSGL Bas­ket­ball League for youth ages 12-14 will be hosted at the Jakaya M. Kik­wete (JMK) Youth Park in Dar Es Salaam and will fea­ture 30 lo­cal schools, each rep­re­sent­ing one of the 30 NBA teams.

The launch of the league co­in­cided with the of­fi­cial open­ing of the JMK Park Oc­to­ber 17 with bas­ket­ball clin­ics for boys and girls and ad­di­tional fes­tiv­i­ties, fea­tur­ing an ap­pear­ance by 1992 Slam Dunk Cham­pion Cedric Ce­bal­los and per­for­mances by the At­lanta Hawks Sky Squad.

“As we ex­pand the Jr. NBA pro­gram across Africa, our part­ner­ship with Sym­bion Sports Ground Lim­ited al­lows us to cre­ate an im­pact­ful bas­ket­ball cur­ricu­lum for Tan­za­nian youth,” said NBA Vice Pres­i­dent & Man­ag­ing Di­rec­tor for Africa Amadou Gallo Fall. “In ad­di­tion, two brand new bas­ket­ball courts at the JMK Park pro­vide par­tic­i­pa­tion op­por­tu­nity, mak­ing the game more ac­ces­si­ble for the lo­cal youth in Dar Es Salaam.”

Sim­i­lar to the NBA, teams will be di­vided into two con­fer­ences and six di­vi­sions. The reg­u­lar sea­son, set to tip off in Fe­bru­ary, will fea­ture the top eight teams from each con­fer­ence quali­fy­ing for the play­offs. The top two teams from each con­fer­ence will then meet in the league cham­pi­onship to de­ter­mine the Jr. NBA SSGL Bas­ket­ball League cham­pion.

Jr. NBA is the league’s global youth bas­ket­ball par­tic­i­pa­tion pro­gram for boys and girls that will reach more than 6.5 mil­lion youth in 33 coun­tries dur­ing the 2015-16 NBA sea­son.

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