NBA AND WNBA TO LAUNCH NATIONAL NETWORK OF YOUTH BASKETBALL LEAGUES TO ENHANCE AND EXPAND RECREATIONAL BASKETBALL ACROSS THE COUNTRY
– ‘Jr. NBA Leagues’ to Tip Off in 11 Markets in November 2022 Earlier than Increasing Nationwide; Program Goals to Attain Practically a Half Million Boys and Women Yearly by 2027 –
–Las Vegas Aces, New Orleans Pelicans, Philadelphia 76ers, Sacramento Kings, San Antonio Spurs, Seattle Storm, Washington Mystics and Washington Wizards Amongst NBA and WNBA Groups Taking part within the Program’s Launch–
NEW YORK, July 14, 2022 – The Nationwide Basketball Affiliation (NBA) and Girls’s Nationwide Basketball Affiliation (WNBA) at this time introduced the launch of Jr. NBA Leagues, a nationwide community of youth basketball leagues for girls and boys ages 6-14. This system will tip off with leagues throughout the next 11 markets within the U.S. in November 2022 earlier than increasing nationwide with the objective of reaching almost a half million members yearly by 2027: Sacramento, Calif.; Washington, D.C.; Boise, Idaho; Louisville, Ky.; New Orleans, La.; Kansas Metropolis, Mo.; Omaha, Neb.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Philadelphia, Pa.; San Antonio, Texas; Seattle, Wash.
Jr. NBA Leagues will give attention to offering youth throughout socio-economic, racial and gender traces with entry to best-in-class leisure basketball, which is extra essential than ever following the disruption to youth sports access and the decrease in community-based sports providers caused by the pandemic.
RCX Sports activities, a Jr. NBA companion since 2018 and market chief in youth sports activities experiences, will function this system’s official working companion. All Jr. NBA Leagues members – which can embody a mixture of community-based organizations, faculties, and impartial operators – will obtain a strong suite of sources together with coaching alternatives and basketball curricula designed to reinforce league effectiveness, gameplay, and on-court and off-court participant and coach improvement.
Jr. NBA Leagues members will signify NBA and WNBA groups of their dwelling markets and throughout the leagues by competing in official team-branded uniforms. Jr. NBA Leagues in NBA or WNBA markets, together with Las Vegas (Aces), New Orleans (Pelicans), Philadelphia (76ers) Sacramento (Kings), San Antonio (Spurs), Seattle (Storm), and Washington (Wizards and Mystics), will provide distinctive advantages and embody unique experiences for youth gamers and fogeys to advertise the sport of basketball and generate pleasure across the hometown groups.
Constructing on the Jr. NBA’s dedication to offering broad-based entry to the game and eliminating limitations to participation, the Jr. NBA will companion with SHAPE America (Society of Well being and Bodily Educators), an expert affiliation that serves greater than 200,000 well being and bodily schooling professionals throughout the nation, to offer 40 Title I faculties throughout the nation with Jr. NBA programming, sources and basketball improvement curricula to host afterschool Jr. NBA Leagues and enhance how the sport is taught and performed in bodily schooling courses. Moreover, highschool college students will obtain the chance to enroll in a Jr. NBA Referee Improvement Program to be taught the required abilities to develop into a referee and acquire an understanding of the profession alternatives in officiating.
“The youth basketball ecosystem has skilled distinctive challenges over the previous two-plus years, and we’re dedicated to addressing these challenges with applications like Jr. NBA Leagues, which is probably the most expansive grassroots basketball initiative we’ve ever launched within the U.S.,” mentioned NBA Senior Vice President, Head of Youth Basketball Improvement David Krichavsky. “We sit up for utilizing the sources and experience of the NBA, WNBA and our groups to help leisure and community-based youth basketball applications at a time once they want it most, whereas additionally enhancing the taking part in expertise for a whole lot of 1000’s of girls and boys.”
“RCX Sports activities is dedicated to creating best-in-class experiences for all youth athletes, no matter race, gender or socioeconomic background,” mentioned RCX Sports activities CEO Izell Reese. “We’re proud to work with the NBA on one other youth program that may present entry and sources to younger basketball gamers throughout the nation.”
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Concerning the Jr. NBA
The Jr. NBA is the league’s world youth basketball program for girls and boys that teaches the elemental abilities and core values of the sport: teamwork, respect, willpower and group. The Jr. NBA is concentrated on serving to develop and enhance the youth basketball expertise on the grassroots stage for gamers, coaches and fogeys, and presents a free curriculum overlaying all ranges of the sport that features 48 apply plans and greater than 250 educational movies that includes NBA and WNBA gamers. Through the 2019-20 season, the NBA and its groups reached 14.5M youth world wide by way of in-person occasions and clinics, earlier than transitioning to digital programming and on-line youth basketball improvement occasions that generated greater than 210M views from youth gamers and followers in 118 international locations. For extra data go to www.JrNBA.com or obtain the Jr. NBA app.
Concerning the NBA
The Nationwide Basketball Affiliation (NBA) is a world sports activities and media group with the mission to encourage and join folks all over the place by way of the facility of basketball. Constructed round 5 skilled sports activities leagues: the NBA, WNBA, NBA G League, NBA 2K League and Basketball Africa League, the NBA has established a significant worldwide presence with video games and programming accessible in 215 international locations and territories in additional than 50 languages, and merchandise on the market in additional than 200 international locations and territories on all seven continents. NBA rosters initially of the 2021-22 season featured a report 121 worldwide gamers from 40 international locations. NBA Digital’s property embody NBA TV, NBA.com, the NBA App and NBA League Move. The NBA has created one of many largest social media communities on this planet, with 2.1 billion likes and followers globally throughout all league, workforce, and participant platforms. By way of NBA Cares, the league addresses essential social points by working with internationally acknowledged youth-serving organizations that help schooling, youth and household improvement, and health-related causes.
Concerning the WNBA
The WNBA, which tipped off its twenty sixth season on Could 6, 2022, is a daring, progressive basketball league that stands for the facility of girls. That includes 12 groups, the W is a novel sports activities property that mixes competitors and leisure with a dedication to variety, fairness and inclusion and social accountability. By way of its world-class athletes, the in-game fan expertise, TV and digital broadcasts, digital and social content material and group outreach applications, the league celebrates and elevates the sport of basketball and the tradition round it.
In 2020, the WNBA and the Girls’s Nationwide Basketball Gamers Affiliation (WNBPA) signed a groundbreaking eight-year CBA that charts a brand new course for girls’s basketball – and ladies’s sports activities total – with a give attention to elevated participant compensation, enhancements to the participant expertise, expanded profession improvement alternatives and sources particularly tailor-made to the feminine skilled athlete. Key components of the settlement are supported by way of the league’s partnership platform, WNBA Changemakers, with AT&T, the WNBA’s Marquee Companion and inaugural Changemaker, in addition to fellow inaugural Changemakers Deloitte and NIKE, Inc, and subsequent additions Google and U.S. Financial institution. Through the 2020 season, the WNBA and WNBPA launched the WNBA Justice Motion forming the Social Justice Council with the mission of being a driving pressure of obligatory change and persevering with conversations about race and voting rights, amongst different essential societal points.
RCX Sports activities is the premier youth-sports experiences enterprise, operating and working leagues, camps, combines, tournaments, and occasions. RCX works with skilled leagues, nationwide governing our bodies, sports-centric companies and types to reimagine youth sports activities experiences. RCX produces occasions with world-class companions together with the NFL, Jr. NBA, MLB, NHL, NAIA, Rivals.com and the 2022 World Video games. RCX is dedicated to bettering the accessibility and inclusivity of sports activities by enhancing the youth sports activities expertise and creating alternatives for all athletes to play. We imagine sports activities have the facility to rework lives and that each athlete ought to have the chance to expertise the worth of sports activities. For extra data, go to http://www.rcxsports.com.