NBA D-League Reno to Hold Youth Camps Throughout the Remainder of the Year

RENO, July 24th – NBA Reno D-League, in conjunction with the Nevada Basketball Academy, is holding a series of kids camps throughout the summer and fall seasons. These camps will feature the soon-to-be-announced Head Coach of the D-League team, as well as Eathan O’Bryant and Jason Glover from the Nevada Basketball Academy during these camps/clinics.

The first clinic will be held at the Stadium Sport and Fitness Club August 18-21, 9a.m.-4p.m. and will be a “Back to School Hoop Bash.” This clinic will appeal to boys and girls 7 years to 14 years of age.

A “Gear up for Middle School Tryouts” camp for girls only will be held on October 4th & 5th. This camp will have coaches from the NBA Reno D-League as well as Nevada Basketball Academy working with the girls to improve their skills and get ready for their middle school season.

A basketball clinic for kids affected with Cerebral Palsy will be held on November 8 & 9. NBA Reno D-League coaches, players and staff will be on hand to show these kids the skills of the game and give them hands on training while having fun. Partial proceeds will go to the local Cerebral Palsy organization.

The “Holiday Hoop Fest” basketball camp will be held on December 29-31, 9a.m.-1p.m. for kids ages 7 to 14. This camp will feature players and coaches of the NBA Reno D-League team.

“We are very excited to work with the youth in our community who have a passion and interest in the game,” said Tony Funderburg, COO of NBA Reno D-League. “Our goal is to make them the best players they can be and to be coached by the most qualified people in our area as well as have fun.”

Eathan O’Bryant, Community Relations Director for NBA Reno D-League team says, “Finding kids who have a genuine interest in playing basketball gives us an opportunity to introduce new skills of the game and get them to perform at their highest level so that maybe one day, they could be the next NBA All-Star.”

Clinic information:
• Back to School Hoop Bash- $195 before Aug. 10, $205 after Aug. 10 (includes t-shirt and ticket to D-League game)
• Middle School Girls Clinic- $90 before Sept. 28, $100 after Sept. 28
• Cerebral Palsy Camp- TBA
• Holiday Hoop Fest-$105 before Dec. 15, $115 after Dec. 15 (includes t-shirt and ticket to D-League game)

The NBA Reno D-League season begins this November 2008 with games being held at the Downtown Reno Events Center. There will be 24 home games being held mainly weekends.

The NBA Development League is the NBA's official minor league, and the first-ever basketball league with direct affiliations to NBA teams. Having recently completed its seventh season, the NBA D-League’s goals are to provide affordable, NBA-caliber entertainment to fans of its 16 teams, as well as continue to develop players, coaches, referees and front-office personnel for the NBA. As the single source for in-season player "call-ups" to the NBA, fans of the D-League enjoy the highest caliber of basketball played outside the NBA. In fact 15 percent of players on 2008 end-of-season NBA rosters spent time honing their skills in the League. In addition, it has produced current NBA coaches and 25 percent of the NBA’s referees. The NBA D-League is an innovative and rapidly growing sports property that also serves as an experimental testing ground for new initiatives like NBA Futurecast, the live web-streaming of all games available free at nba.com/futurecast. The League also provides continuing education and professional development resources for its players, and is committed to serving its local communities through D-LEAGUE CARES and grassroots efforts.

D-League season tickets are currently on sale starting at just $240 for all 24 games. Visit the website at: www.nbareno.com for ticket map and information, or call 775-284-2622.