FORMER NBA PLAYER CARON BUTLER TO JOIN
CARIBBEAN YOUTH AT DIGICEL NBA JUMPSTART ELITE CAMP
- 34 Boys and Girls from Four Caribbean Countries to Head to Trinidad and Tobago
for Digicel NBA Jumpstart Elite Camp -
- Top 14 Boys and Girls Will Receive Authentic NBA Experience in the United States-
CASTRIES, ST. LUCIA, July 18, 2019 – Digicel and the National Basketball Association (NBA) announced today that former NBA player Caron Butler will participate in the Digicel NBA Jumpstart Elite Camp at Centre of Excellence in Macoya, Trinidad and Tobago from July 20-21.
The Elite Camp, a two-day camp for the top participants from the Digicel/NBA Jumpstart Program, will feature more than 30 of the top U14 and U16 players, including 20 boys and 14 girls from four countries across the Caribbean. The majority of participants were invited following their performance at Digicel NBA Jumpstart clinics that were held in Trinidad & Tobago, Jamaica and Barbados earlier this year.
Digicel and the NBA will select the top 14 boys and girls from the Elite Camp to receive an all-expenses-paid trip to the United States, where they will scrimmage against local youth teams, attend an NBA game and experience a private city tour, among other activities.
The 2019 Digicel NBA Jumpstart Basketball clinics, which are run by NBA assistant coaches and NBA International Basketball Operations staff, provided on-court training to more than 200 participants from three countries. The Elite Camp will provide the top players with a chance to develop their skills alongside their peers from across the region.
“Digicel is working with the NBA to find and develop some of the best young basketball talent in the Caribbean. The local clinics provided an opportunity for players from each country to learn from NBA coaches, while also showcasing their talent. Those who will be going to the Elite Camp will benefit from expert level coaching from the NBA team including former NBA player Caron Butler,” said Digicel Group Marketing Director, Claudia Nieves. “This year, friends and family can watch their loved ones compete in the Digicel NBA Jumpstart Basketball camps on Digicel’s social media pages.”
“The Digicel NBA Jumpstart programme, now in its fifth year, is a key part of our efforts to continue growing the game of basketball throughout Latin America and the Caribbean,” said NBA Senior Vice President, Latin America Arnon de’Mello. “As a leading operator in the Caribbean and a long-time NBA partner, Digicel shares our vision of growing basketball at the grassroots level and teaching the value of a healthy, active lifestyle.”
Since March 2015, Digicel and the NBA have enjoyed a multiyear partnership that delivers live games and extensive NBA programming to more than 25 Caribbean territories through SportsMax and the PlayGo app – making Digicel the Official Communications Partner of the NBA in the region.
About Digicel Group
Digicel Group is a total communications and entertainment provider with operations in 31 markets in the Caribbean, Central America and Asia Pacific. After 18 years of operation, total investment to date stands at over US$5 billion worldwide.
Digicel also runs a host of community-based initiatives across its markets and has set up Digicel Foundations in Haiti, Jamaica, Papua New Guinea and Trinidad and Tobago which focus on educational, cultural and social development programmes.
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.