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NBA and AFD cooperate to develop basketball in Africa (Part 2)

Through NBA Cares, 77 places children and families can live, learn or play have been created in Africa. Borderless Basketball (BWB), the NBA and FIBA’s global community development and basketball development program, has been held in Africa 15 times, with 10 former members of BWB Africa participating in the NBA.

The NBA, the tournament’s global youth basketball program for boys and girls, teaches the basic skills and core values ​​of the game – teamwork, respect, determination and community – at grassroots level in an effort to help develop and improve the basketball experience for players, coaches and parents.

In the 2017-18 season, the NBA reached more than 26 million young people in 71 countries through a series of camps, clinics, challenging skills, playing tournaments and outreach events.

NBA organizes NBA programs for men and women aged 16 and under in 13 African countries: Angola, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Kenya, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Republic of the Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Senegal and South Africa.

In April 2017, the NBA and SEED (Sports for Education and Economic Development) project, a non-profit organization based in Thies, Senegal, used basketball as a platform to attract teens in academic, sporting and leadership programs of NBA Academy Africa. An elite basketball training center in Thies for top male and female prospects from across Africa, The NBA Academy Africa is the first of its kind on the continent.

The League organized two African headquarters in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2010. The NBA hosted two African games, in Johannesburg in 2015 and 2017, supporting charities including UNICEF, the Foundation Nelson Mandela and the SOS Children’s Village South Africa (SOSCVSA).

About AFD

AFD is the inclusive public development bank of France. It is committed to providing financial and technical support to projects that improve daily life, both in developing and emerging countries, and in overseas territories of France.

Its actions are fully in line with sustainable development goals (SDGs). Through a network of 85 agents, AFD operates in 109 countries, which currently fund, monitor and support more than 3,600 development projects. afd.fr

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NBA and AFD cooperate to develop basketball in Africa (Part 1)

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the French Development Bank (AFD), France’s public development bank, are committed to sponsoring and providing technical assistance to projects. This will promote social inclusion by developing basketball infrastructure and implementing basketball programs, events and initiatives in Côte d’Ivoire, Morocco, Senegal, Nigeria and select other African countries.

The NBA and AFD plan to collaborate and expand their common and long-term commitment in Africa by investing in infrastructure development, providing basketball equipment and training for youth and coaches, and teaching life skills in some African countries.

The NBA and AFD also plan to provide resources for local organizations and community leaders focused on sustainable training, mentoring and leadership development. Their popular mobilization will aim to combine sports practice with educational training activities to raise youth awareness on issues including sustainable development, education, health and health, nationality, social inclusion, gender equality and entrepreneurship.

“We are excited to partner with the NBA in Africa, because sport and sustainable development is a natural match”, AFD CEO Rémy Rioux said. “Basketball is the second most popular sport on the continent, and it can be a powerful driver for sustainable development, addressing the unmet needs in urban development, education, create new opportunities for young Africans, increase the value of openness, tolerance and gender equality, and connect communities and people.”

Sport is now an essential part of AFD’s strategy and a major tool for sustainable development, especially in Africa, where half of AFD’s activities are concentrated. In its sports and development activities, AFD aims to promote community sports by supporting local initiatives, diversifying financial methods, and creating national partnerships and mobilize the private sector to develop a dynamic sports industry.

The NBA has a long history of engagement in Africa with 12 African players born on the NBA rankings at the beginning of the 2017-18 season. There are over 80 current and former NBA players from Africa or with direct family ties to the continent, including Naismith Hakeem Olajuwon Memorial Basketball Hall (Nigeria) and Dikembe Mutombo (Republic of the Republic) Congo owner).