NBA Africa honours Mandela


Colleta Dewa

Johannesburg - The National Basketball Association (NBA) and National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) have announced a series of youth development, community service and business events in the week leading up to the NBA Africa Game 2018.

The NBA’s third game in Africa is set to kick-start on Saturday, August 4, at 17H00 Sun Arena at Time Square in Pretoria.

The organisers confirmed to The Southern Times that the game will air live in sub-Saharan Africa on Kwesé Free Sports, Kwesé Sports 1, the Kwesé TV app, as well as Kwesé’s partner pay-TV and free-to-air channels.

They added that the game will air live in the US at 11h00 ET on ESPN2, ESPN Deportes (in Spanish), and the ESPN app.

The games are also set to honour the late liberation icon Nelson Mandela, who believed that sports have the power to inspire and change the world.

In honour of Mandela, there will be the 16th edition of Basketball Without Borders (BWB) Africa, a Habitat for Humanity service project, a training camp for the boys and girls teams that will represent Africa & Middle East at the first Jr. NBA World Championship, a youth leadership program hosted by the NBPA Foundation for eight students to learn about Nelson Mandela’s legacy and participate in the week’s activities, and the second NBA Africa Innovation Summit.

NBA vice president and managing director for Africa, Amadou Gallo Fall said all the activities lined up before the NBA Africa games are in recognition of Mandela.

“We are excited that the week of activities leading up to the third NBA Africa Game in four years will honour Nelson Mandela’s centenary and his belief that sport has the power to change the world. Our youth development and community outreach programs, as well as the second NBA Africa Innovation Summit, will demonstrate our commitment to growing basketball across the continent while using the transformative power of our game to foster positive social change. We are grateful to all the players, our partners and our fans for their continued support,” he said.

Additionally, NBA players, coaches and guests will visit the Nelson Mandela Centre for Memory on Friday and Saturday to learn more about the legacy left by Mandela and his profound influence on sport and society.

In honour of the centenary of Nelson Mandela, the NBA Africa Game 2018 will be played in support of the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

The NBA and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) will conduct the 16th edition of BWB Africa, which will bring together 78 of the top boys and girls from 29 African countries to learn directly from current and former NBA, WNBA and FIBA players, legends and coaches.

BWB, the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program, begins Wednesday and runs through August 4 at the American International School of Johannesburg.

The boys and girls teams that will represent Africa and the Middle East at the historic Junior NBA World Championship global youth basketball tournament for the top 13 and 14-year-old boys and girls teams from around the world, are participating in a training camp at the American International School of Johannesburg.

The inaugural Junior NBA World Championship will take place at the state of the art ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla. from August 7-12.

Meanwhile, the second NBA Africa Innovation Summit, which will be hosted at The Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory in Houghton, Johannesburg on August 3 in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, Econet and SAP.

It is meant to bring together leaders from business, entertainment, philanthropy, sports, social entrepreneurship, and technology and youth development to share and discuss innovative ways of empowering and inspiring youth to drive positive social change in Africa.

In addition, the NBA and NBA Physicians Association host a sports medicine symposium at the Holiday Inn Johannesburg Rosebank on Friday which will bring together international leaders in orthopaedics, sports medicine and performance to highlight best practices in player health and wellness.

The symposium will provide an opportunity for participants, including NBA team physicians and athletic trainers, to exchange ideas and develop relationships between the NBA and international experts, with the goal of improving player health and wellness in basketball and across sports.






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