NBA and FERWABA launch first JR. NBA League in Rwanda

Posted By: Saddam MIHIGO - On:06/03/2018
Kigali, March 3, 2018 The National Basketball Association (NBA), in collaboration with the Rwandan Basketball Federation (FERWABA), announced the launch of the first Jr. NBA RwandaLeague,which tipped off on Saturday, 3 March at the Amahoro Indoor Stadium in the countrys capital of Kigali.

The inaugural season of the Jr. NBA Rwanda League, a school-based basketball program for boysand girls ages 10-14, will be played from March until November.  The leaguefeatures 30 boysteams and 30 girls teams from schools across Rwanda 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 in November.

“We are thrilled to announce the launch of the first Jr. NBA League in Rwanda in partnership with the Rwandan Basketball Federation,” said NBA Vice President & Managing Director for Africa, Amadou Gallo Fall.  “Rwanda is leading the continent in many development indicators, with a young population and a lot of passion for our game.  We look forward to expanding our Jr. NBA footprint and engaging with the youth in Kigali around the values of the game of basketball, including teamwork, discipline, respect, integrity and innovation.”

“The Jr. NBA League comes in as a great partnership between FERWABA and the NBA.  This is an opportunity for our youth to have more access to the game and show their talent,” said DésiréMugwiza, the President of Rwandan Basketball Federation.  “It is a strong foundation for our youth national team which will, in the long run, strengthen our senior national team and clubs.”

Amadou Gallo Fall umuyobozi wa NBA-Africa

Amadou Gallo Fall NBA Vice President & Managing Director for Africa

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 2017-18 season, the NBA will reach more than 26 million youth in 71 countries through a variety of camps, clinics, skills challenges, league play and outreach events.

The NBA has a long history in Africa with 12African-bornplayers featured on NBA rosters at the start of the 2017-18 season.  Through NBA Cares, 74 places to live, learn or play have been created in Africa, and Basketball Without Borders Africa has been held 15 times. The league opened its African headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2010.

The Jr. NBA Rwanda League is the NBA’s 13th Jr. NBA program in Africa and builds on similar initiatives in Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.

Uva ibumoso: Mugwiza Desire perezida wa FERWABA, John Ntagengwa Umunyabanga uhoraho muri MINISPOC na Amadou Galou Fall umuyobozi wa NBA-Africa

From the left: Desire Mugwiza the President of FERWABA, John Ntigengwa na Permanent Secretary in MINISPOC and Amadou Gallo Fall NBA Vice President & Managing Director for Africa


Children From different schools Celebrating for the day 

About the NBA

The NBA is a global sports and media business built around four professional sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, the NBA G League and the NBA 2K League, set to launch in May 2018.  The NBA has established a major international presence with games and programming in 215 countries and territories in 50 languages, and merchandise for sale in more than 125,000 stores in 100 countries on six continents.  NBA rosters at the start of the 2017-18 season featured 108 international players from a record 42 countries and territories.  NBA Digital’s assets include NBA TV, NBA.com, the NBA App and NBA League Pass.  The NBA has created one of the largest social media communities in the world, with1.4 billionlikes and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms.  Through NBA Cares, the league addresses important social issues by working with internationally recognized youth-serving organizations that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes.



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