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CARIBBEAN’S BEST Youth BASKETBALL Players TO PARTICIPATE IN DIGICEL nba JUMPSTART’S NBA EXPERIENCE

Youth to Attend NBA Games, Tour NBA Facilities, and Participate in Basketball Training and Life Skills Sessions as Part of NBA Experience

CASTRIES, ST. LUCIA, Oct. 23, 2019 – Digicel and the National Basketball Association (NBA) announced today that the top 14 boys and girls from the Digicel NBA Jumpstart Elite Camp, which was held in Trinidad and Tobago from July 20-21, will participate in the Digicel NBA Jumpstart’s NBA Experience in New York from Oct. 30 – Nov. 4.

As part of the experience, participants will attend two NBA games – the Brooklyn Nets vs. the Houston Rockets on Nov. 1 at Barclays Center and the New York Knicks vs. the Sacramento Kings on Nov. 3 at Madison Square Garden – tour NBA facilities, visit local New York City landmarks, and participate in basketball training and life skills sessions.

The young players were selected by former NBA player Caron Butler, Charlotte Hornets assistant coach Nate Mitchell, Dallas Mavericks assistant coach Stephen Silas and Westchester Knicks (NBA G League) head coach Derrick Alston following the Digicel NBA Jumpstart Elite Camp this summer. The camp brought together 34 of the top U17 basketball players in the region, the majority of whom were invited following their performance at the Digicel NBA Jumpstart clinics that were held in Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica and Barbados earlier this year.

“There are so many talented boys and girls in the Caribbean who don’t often get the opportunity to be seen or trained by internationally recognised experts in the field. Our own local coaches across the region do amazing things with these kids and this is further reinforced by programmes like Digicel NBA Jumpstart. This partnership offers players and coaches exposure to NBA standard training, while also providing them with inspiration to grow the game across the region,” said Digicel Group Sponsorship Manager, Tari Lovell.  “In the six to seven short months since the initial camp, these players have shown immense progress, earning them each the coveted spot for the Digicel NBA Jumpstart NBA Experience and we want to congratulate them for this achievement.”

“We are proud to provide young players from the Caribbean with the unique opportunity to visit New York City to train with NBA coaches, attend NBA games and experience the local culture,” said NBA Sr. Vice President, Latin America, Arnon de Mello.  “In its fifth year, Digicel NBA Jumpstart has been a key component of our commitment to growing the game in the Caribbean and all of Latin America.”

In addition to this programme, Digicel and the NBA have worked together since 2015 to deliver live games and extensive NBA programming to more than 25 Caribbean territories through SportsMax and the SportsMax app – making Digicel the Official Communications Partner of the NBA in the region.

The 2019-20 NBA season started Oct. 22, and basketball fans can catch all the action, on-the-go, via the SportsMax app.

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About Digicel Group

Digicel Group is a total communications and entertainment provider with operations in 31 markets throughout the Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific. Digicel also runs a host of community-based initiatives across its markets, including Digicel Foundations in Haiti, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea and Trinidad and Tobago which focus on educational, cultural and social development programmes. Visit www.digicelgroup.com for more information.

About the NBA

The NBA is a global sports and media business built around four professional sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, the NBA G League and the NBA 2K League.  The NBA has established a major international presence with games and programming in 215 countries and territories in 50 languages, and merchandise for sale in more than 100,000 stores in 100 countries on six continents.  NBA rosters at the start of the 2018-19 season featured 108 international players from 42 countries and territories.  NBA Digital’s assets include NBA TV, NBA.com, the NBA App and NBA League Pass.  The NBA has created one of the largest social media communities in the world, with 1.6 billion likes and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms.  Through NBA Cares, the league addresses important social issues by working with internationally recognized youth-serving organizations that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes.

 

Contacts:

Gabrielle Miller, Digicel Group, +1 (876) 889-4643, gabrielle.miller@digicelgroup.com

Sharon DeLima, NBA, +1 (212) 407-8170, sdelima@nba.com

Julio Manteiga, NBA, +1 (212) 407-8813, jmanteiga@nba.com

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