NBA HEADS TO SOWETO ON DAY 3

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Johannesburg woke up to a chilly Saturday morning as the life skills and basketball action continued on the courts of King Edward VII School. As on the morning before, both boys and girls started their third day at the camp with a life skills seminar. Kyrie Irving, Al Horford and Jerryd Bayless had headed to the courts before other coaches and players arrived to spend time with the youth and talk about leadership as well as share their life experiences and lessons.

When all the remaining NBA players and coaches arrived on the courts, it was all back to business. Skills stations and team practices took up the rest of the morning while the young boys and girls had an opportunity to learn from NBA players and coaches once again. Simultaneously, the NBA Youth Camp was taking place at St John’s College with almost 60 children learning the fundamentals of the game.

In the afternoon, the NBA contingent visited the Boys and Girls Club in Pimville, Soweto to dedicate NBA Cares’ 32nd legacy project as part of the Basketball without Borders Africa camp. The initiative is a part of a partnership between the NBA, McDonald’s, the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Africa and Johannesburg City Parks, focused on growing the Jr. NBA/WNBA program in the Gauteng Province. A newly refurbished basketball court was presented to the Boys and Girls Club in a special ceremony in the presence of Adam Silver, NBA Deputy Commissioner, Amadou Gallo Fall, NBA Vice President for Development – Africa, the participating NBA and WNBA players and legends, as well as executives from McDonald’s including Greg Solomon, McDonald’s South Africa Managing Director.

Thabo Sefolosha had a special message for the children of the Boys and Girls Club who will be using the basketball court from now on.

“There are people here who care about the future of this country, and you are the future of this country” Sefolosha said. “Please respect this court and make a good use of it by coming here, keeping it in a safe place, keeping it in a place where you can play sports, interact with one another, in a good way and in a good manner.”

The afternoon in Pimville concluded with the Atlanta Hawks Sky Squad taking the main stage and getting the crowd on their feet with their display of slam dunks and acrobatic moves. The 11th edition of the Basketball without Borders Africa camp is due to culminate tomorrow afternoon where some of the best young African players take the court to face each other in the All-Star Game.