2012 Royal Bafokeng Jr. NBA/WNBA League Finals Return to Phokeng

- Finals to Also Feature Entertainment by Professor, DJ Mzi, Soul T and the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks Sky Squad -

JOHANNESBURG, October 19, 2012 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) in partnership with the Royal Bafokeng Nation (RBN), will host the 2nd edition of the 2012 Royal Bafokeng Jr. NBA/WNBA League Finals in Phokeng on Saturday, 20th October 2012.

This year’s finals will comprise the top 120 players from eight schools participating in four championship games featuring the Middle Schools Girls Championship, Middle School Boys Championship, High Schools Girls Championship and High School Boys Championship, with the on-court action culminating in the “Platinum 50” awards for the top 50 players. Off the court, the day will be filled with entertainment provided by Professor, DJ Mzi, and Soul T, with the NBA’s spectacular Atlanta Hawks Sky Squad captivating the crowds with their aerial dunking displays.

The free, family event will also feature local dance team performances, prizes and games. Tickets are limited and fans are encouraged to collect their free tickets at Gate 2 on Saturday from 08h00 in the morning.

The 2012 Royal Bafokeng Jr. NBA/WNBA League, now in its’ second year, is a multifaceted school-based basketball development programme focusing on developing the game in the North West province promoting both basketball and life skills through the Royal Bafokeng Nation “Sports in Schools” program. Open to boys and girls in middle and high school divisions at 18 schools, the program offers daily practices in addition to the weekly clinics and monthly camps for the elite participants. The eight teams who qualified for the finals played home and away games during the regular season then qualified for the Playoffs, before reaching Saturday’s finals.

The Royal Bafokeng Jr. NBA/WNBA Development Program is overseen by Joby Wright, NBA Africa Technical Director, and Patrick Engelbrecht and Franck Traore, NBA Africa Development Coaches.

About NBA Africa
The NBA has a long history in the African continent, opening its first office in Africa in 2010 in Johannesburg with Amadou Gallo Fall as Vice President for Development. NBA games are broadcast to fans in 55 African countries and territories in five languages. Through NBA Cares, the NBA has helped create 30 places to live, learn or play in Africa, including technology centers, libraries, youth hostels, dining facilities, health clinics, homes and basketball courts. In 2012, NBA Africa celebrated the 10th anniversary of Basketball without Borders Africa, a basketball instructional camp for young people that promotes leadership, education, sportsmanship, and healthy living. More than 100 NBA players and team personnel and more than 800 campers have participated in the camps in Johannesburg and Dakar, including former campers Nigerian native Solomon Alabi (New Orleans Hornets), Congo native Christian Eyenga (Orlando Magic), Cameroon native Luc Mbah a Moute (Milwaukee Bucks) and Senegalese native Hamady Ndiaye (Sacramento Kings).

About Royal Bafokeng Nation
The Royal Bafokeng Nation is a unique African community where tradition meets modernity. Located in the Rustenburg Valley in the North West Province, the twenty-nine villages of the Royal Bafokeng Nation boast some of the most innovative approaches to sustainable development in Africa. These include holistic education reform, the use of sport to generate social and financial returns, and converting mineral resources into the world’s leading community-based investment company.

The King of the Royal Bafokeng Nation is Kgosi Leruo Tshekedi Molotlegi, 36th in a long line of visionary traditional leaders. Thanks to the pioneering spirit of the King’s ancestors, the Bafokeng community owns the rights to the largest known reserves of platinum and chrome in the world. Vision 2020 and the Masterplan, the strategic blueprints for the community’s future, aim to create a socially, economically, and environmentally sustainable community true to its African heritage and traditions.

The Royal Bafokeng Nation is fast becoming a model of community regeneration for South Africa, Africa and the world. Bafokeng leadership combines elected, appointed, and hereditary leaders committed to long-term, future-oriented planning. The Royal Bafokeng Stadium was as the first and only community-owned stadium to host the FIFA World Cup.