A basketball clinic was held this Thursday to complete the improvement and modernization works that the NBA has carried out on the Quisqueya court in La Romana.
This project is part of the initiatives that NBA Cares, the department responsible for corporate social responsibility projects within the league, is organizing in Latin America as part of the celebrations for the NBA’s 75th anniversary season.
A social progress project that wants to contribute to the improvement of infrastructures in needy communities and facilitate the practice of basketball on a global level.
This remodeling is part of the activities that the league is carrying out around the world to celebrate the 75th anniversary of its birth and that includes in Latin America the remodeling of other pitches in Mexico, Brazil and Argentina.
Last Friday, more than 70 young players participated in a Jr. NBA clinic in the state of Oaxaca in Mexico for the inauguration of the last of these courts.
The La Romana court features a design by Dominican artist Johann Dovente that represents the country’s culture, including an illustration of a player wearing a traditional carnival mask preparing to perform a donqueo. The vibrant colors reflect the league’s commitment to inspiring youth throughout the Dominican Republic – yellow captures joy and energy; pink signifies the importance of a positive mindset; blue symbolizes confidence and orange underlines fun.
Emilio Garcia Duarte, associate vice president of marketing for NBA Latin America, pointed out that “projects like this contribute to the growth of the NBA in the region and add value to communities by improving their sports infrastructure and favoring the practice of basketball in La Romana” .
The Jr. NBA program, which supports the development of basketball players around the world at the youth level – including in Latin America and the Caribbean – will organize elite camps in the Dominican Republic this weekend with the participation of 60 young people (30 girls and 30 children).
The session for the girls will take place this Saturday at the Casa Nacional de Minibasket Don Horacio Muratore, while the boys will play on Sunday at the Juan Pablo Duarte Olympic Center. The camps will feature sessions focused on developing skills on the pitch and matches (1v1 and 5v5).
NBA personnel, including members of the basketball operations department, will coach the program.
Jr. NBA is a global basketball program for boys and girls that teaches fundamental skills as well as the fundamental core values of the game: teamwork, respect, determination and community. Jr. NBA aims to help grow and improve the game experience for players, coaches, and parents.