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Memphis Grizzlies' mascot Grizz, Grizz Girls and Kings Of The Court travel to South Africa for Basketball Without Borders program

Beloved mascot Grizz, and select members of the Grizz Girls and the Kings of the Court performance teams will take their talents to South Africa for a 10-day stay to participate in the 12th Basketball Without Borders, Africa events in Johannesburg from July 31 – Aug. 9.

During their visit, Grizz, the Grizz Girls and the Kings of the Court will perform at different Basketball Without Borders events, as well as at Basketball National League (BNL) games. While in South Africa, they will tour various cultural sites including the Nelson Mandela Foundation and Apartheid Museum. Their stay in Johannesburg will end with a finale performance at the Basketball Without Borders All-Star Game on Saturday, Aug. 9.

Highlights also include the NBA Rhythm N’ Rims/Sprite Uncontainable talent search. The search scouts for South Africa’s most outspoken and uncontainable talent in dance, emceeing and graffiti. Grizz and company will be on hand for the finals which will send four winners from each category to New York City during the 2015 NBA All-Star Weekend.

“We are proud the NBA has selected Grizz, the Grizz Girls and the Kings of the Court to represent the league and Memphis on their upcoming trip to South Africa,” said Vice President of Marketing Communications and Broadcast John Pugliese. “We are certain they will provide the same world-class entertainment and energy Memphians enjoy throughout the trip while spreading the love of the game to a global audience.”

Fans who want to support the Memphis Grizzlies by purchasing 2014-15 Season Tickets can do so by calling (901) 888-HOOP or going online to For more information on the Grizzlies, ‘like’ Memphis Grizzlies on Facebook or follow on Twitter (@memgrizz).

About Basketball Without Borders:

Basketball without Borders (BWB) is the NBA and FIBA’s global basketball development and community outreach program that unites young basketball players to promote the sport and encourage positive social change in the areas of education, health, and wellness. The program has featured 350 NBA players, coaches and team personnel from 30 different teams as camp coaches and mentors for over 1,500 young athletes from more than 100 countries and territories. Since its inaugural year in 2001, 24 BWB camps have taken place in 13 cities and 11 countries on five continents. In 2010, BWB took place in Singapore, Senegal and Barcelona, Spain.


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