NBA to join in his­toric devel­op­ment camp in Cuba

The China Post - - SPORTS -

The Na­tional Bas­ket­ball As­so­ci­a­tion co-hosts a devel­op­ment camp in Cuba this month, be­com­ing the first U.S. pro sports league to visit the Caribbean coun­try since Amer­ica an­nounced plans to re­store ties with its long­time ad­ver­sary.

The NBA and the In­ter­na­tional Bas­ket­ball Fed­er­a­tion (FIBA) are co-host­ing the camp in Ha­vana April 23-26.

Two-time NBA Most Valu­able Player Steve Nash, NBA Global Am­bas­sador Dikembe Mu­tombo, and WNBA Leg­end Ticha Penicheiro will lead the four-day camp with the Cuban Men’s and Women’s Na­tional Teams, the league said in a state­ment on Tues­day.

Mu­tombo, an eight-time NBA All-Star who was born in the Demo­cratic Repub­lic of Congo has long been ac­tive in com­mu­nity work and bas­ket­ball devel­op­ment in Africa.

The camp will also in­clude com­mu­nity out­reach projects in as­so­ci­a­tion with the Cuban sports min­istry (IN­DER) and the Cuban Bas­ket­ball Fed­er­a­tion (CBF).

For the first time, the NBA and FIBA will in­vite two play­ers and one coach from Cuba to par­tic­i­pate in the Bas­ket­ball with­out Bor­ders camp.

“This is a great day for Cuban bas­ket­ball and our fed­er­a­tion,” said CBF Pres­i­dent Ru­perto Her­rera.

“To have both the NBA and FIBA col­lab­o­rate on youth in­struc­tion and the devel­op­ment of the game in our coun­try is mag­nif­i­cent. We thank the Repub­lic of Cuba and IN­DER for open­ing the doors for th­ese bas­ket­ball camps that will end up ben­e­fit­ing the fu­ture of na­tional and in­ter­na­tional bas­ket­ball.”

Through NBA Cares, the league’s global so­cial re­spon­si­bil- ity pro­gram, the NBA and FIBA will re­fur­bish three bas­ket­ball courts and host youth bas­ket­ball clin­ics at two Ha­vana lo­ca­tions.

Or­lando Magic Head Coach James Bor­rego, Utah Jazz Head Coach Quin Sny­der, Utah Jazz As­sis­tant Coach Brad Jones, USA Bas­ket­ball Youth Devel­op­ment Coach Don Showalter, and Direc­tor of Bas­ket­ball Academy of the Amer­i­cas Vic­tor Ojeda will par­tic­i­pate in train­ing camp ef­forts for the Cuban Men’s and Women’s Na­tional Teams at the 18-an­dover level and for ju­niors.

The coaches will be joined by Wash­ing­ton Wiz­ards Vice Pres­i­dent of Bas­ket­ball Ad­min­is­tra­tion Tommy Shep­pard, New York Knicks As­so­ciate Ath­letic Trainer An­thony Goe­naga, and FIBA Amer­i­cas Ref­eree Geraldo Fon­tana to host work­shops for coaches, train­ers, and other sports pro­fes­sion­als.

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