BY Dollita Okine, 9:50am June 26, 2024,

The first-ever NBA school in Africa will launch in this country

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Egypt will host the first NBA Basketball school in Africa in January 2025, according to a statement released by NBA Africa and New Era Education, a Cairo-based provider of educational services and school administration.

The NBA Basketball School will be situated in Uppingham School Cairo in New Giza. Amadou Gallo Fall, the president of the Basketball Africa League, reaffirmed the NBA’s intention to develop African players and expand the sport on the continent.

He said, “We want to continue to also develop top talents on the continent through the partnership we have for example with the NBA academy we have an Elevate program that is producing elite talent.”

“We want to make sure that the talents continue to lay in the league. And also attract top global talents and we want to make sure that Africa doesn’t only just remain a place where talents is always reported we want to build value in the talents on the continent and at the same time being able to retain some talents on the continent,” Fall was quoted by Africa News

The NBA Basketball School is intended for children aged 5 to 18 at Uppingham School and the year-round, tuition-based basketball development program will cover on-court training, skill development and basketball education for all skill levels, the statement said.

It will build on the U.S. league’s prior endeavors in Cairo, including the last three Basketball Africa League Nile Conference group phases, Jr.

“The launch of Africa’s first NBA Basketball School is a significant milestone in our continued efforts to grow the game in Egypt and across the continent,” said Head of NBA Egypt Mohamed Abdel-motaleb Soliman. “This landmark initiative will provide Uppingham School Cairo students with the opportunity to learn the game the right way and progress their development under the guidance of NBA-selected coaches.”

Per the statement, NBA Basketball Schools have been established in Australia, Brazil, China, the Dominican Republic, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Lithuania, Mexico, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Uruguay since 2017.

Last Edited by:Mildred Europa Taylor Updated: June 26, 2024


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