DIGICEL AND NBA LAUNCH JUMPSTART BASKETBALL CLINICS IN CARIBBEAN
- Clinics will Bring Together Hundreds of Players and Coaches from Across the Caribbean -
TORTOLA, BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS, Aug. 25, 2015 – Digicel and the National Basketball Association (NBA) announced today the launch of the Digicel NBA Jumpstart Basketball Clinics in the Caribbean, which will take place in Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Turks and Caicos Islands Aug. 24-Sept. 28. The clinics, which will be run by NBA International Basketball Operations staff and focus on player development, will bring together hundreds of players and coaches from across the Caribbean.
Each clinic will bring together the top 40 players ages 16 and under from their respective countries for two-day national training camps. The programme also features one-day clinics in each country for local coaches. As with Digicel’s successful football programme, the Digicel Kickstart Clinics, the best athletes in each country will be selected for the intensive “Elite Camp” programme Sept. 26-28 in Trinidad and Tobago.
The top eight players from the Elite Camp as determined by an NBA coach and legend will have the opportunity to attend an NBA game in the U.S.
“We applaud the NBA and Digicel for launching this initiative in the British Virgin Islands as this will no doubt bring first-class expertise to the Caribbean, making it easier for the players to take their game to the highest level possible,” said Paul Hewlett, Acting Assistant Director of Sport Affairs, British Virgin Islands, where the inaugural clinic tipped off yesterday.
“Digicel is all about developing aspiring young athletes at the grassroots level, having done so in various sports including cricket and football,” said Tommy Farrell, Commercial Director, Digicel British Virgin Islands. “Over the years, we have developed and maintained partnerships with big name sporting organisations such as Chelsea FC, Manchester City FC, Sunderland FC and the WICB to name a few. We are delighted to be adding the NBA to that list and supporting the development of basketball.”
“We are excited to partner with Digicel to bring grassroots basketball development to hundreds of young Caribbean players,” said Philippe Moggio, NBA Senior Vice President, Latin America. “Digicel is one of the Caribbean’s leading operators, and they share our vision of growing the sport of basketball in the region and teaching the values of a healthy, active lifestyle.”
The Elite Camp and camper trip to the U.S. to attend an NBA game will be shared with Digicel customers online, digitally and through mobile and will be broadcast on Digicel Sportsmax, which brings NBA fans closer to their favourite teams through its live coverage of the NBA season, which tips off Oct. 27.
In March, Digicel and the NBA announced a multiyear partnership that will deliver live games and extensive NBA programming to more than 30 Caribbean territories through Digicel SportsMax and make Digicel the Official Wireless Partner of the NBA in the region. This partnership also allows Digicel customers to get in on the action through a number of promotions that will be launched across the Caribbean.
The following is the complete Digicel NBA Jumpstart Basketball Clinics schedule:
Location Programme Dates
British Virgin Islands Aug. 24-26
Antigua and Barbuda Aug. 28-30
Barbados Sept. 1-3
Jamaica Sept. 5-7
Bermuda Sept. 9-11
Turks and Caicos Islands Sept. 13-15
Trinidad and Tobago Sept. 23-28
Digicel Group Limited is a leading global telecommunications provider with operations in 33 markets in the Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific. After 14 years of operation, total investment to date stands at over US$5 billion worldwide. The company is renowned for delivering best value, best service and best network.
Digicel runs a host of community-based initiatives across its markets and has set up Digicel Foundations in Jamaica, Haiti, Papua New Guinea and Trinidad and Tobago which focus on educational, cultural and social development programmes.
Digicel is the lead sponsor of Caribbean, Central American and Pacific sports teams and individuals including the world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt and Special Olympics teams throughout these regions. Digicel also sponsors the West Indies cricket team.
Visit www.digicelgroup.com for more information.
About the NBA
The NBA is a global sports and media business built around three professional sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, and the NBA Development League. The league has established a major international presence with offices in 13 markets worldwide, games and programming in 215 countries and territories in 47 languages, and NBA merchandise for sale in more than 125,000 stores in 100 countries on 6 continents. NBA rosters at the start of the 2014-15 season featured a record 101 international players from 37 countries and territories. NBA Digital’s assets include NBA.com and NBA Mobile, which achieved record traffic during the 2014-15 season, as well as NBA TV. The NBA is the No. 1 professional sports league on social media, with more than 850 million likes and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms. Through NBA Cares, the league and its teams and players have donated more than $260 million to charity, completed more than 3.3 million hours of hands-on community service, and created more than 970 places where kids and families can live, learn, or play.