TORONTO, Dec. 18, 2018 – The National Basketball Association (NBA) today announced details of the second annual Jr. NBA Global Championship, a youth basketball tournament for the top 13- and 14-year-old boys and girls teams from around the world that will be held Aug. 6-11 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Fla. Thirty-two teams will participate in a week of on-court competition and off-court programming centered on the Jr. NBA’s core values of teamwork, respect, determination and community.
Hosted in partnership with Canada Basketball, provincial cup champions from all 10 provinces will compete in regional tournaments across the country starting in April 2019. The winning girls and boys teams from each provincial cup will advance to represent Western Canada, the Prairies, Ontario, Eastern Canada, and the Atlantic Provinces at the Jr. NBA Global Championship Canada Regional Finals in Ontario in June 2019.
The Jr. NBA Global Championship Canada Regional Finals will feature single elimination games to determine the boys and girls teams that will represent Canada in Orlando. In the inaugural Jr. NBA Global Championship, the Welland Warriors (girls) advanced to the international semifinals, and the Brampton Breakdown (boys) advanced to the international finals. Locations and dates for regional tournaments will be announced at a later date.
Qualifying competition across Canada will tip off in January 2019 and run through June 2019. In the U.S., the NBA will introduce more than 20 new local tournaments – 14 of which will be hosted by NBA teams in their respective markets.
The winning boys and girls teams from each of the eight U.S. regional tournaments (Central, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Northeast, Northwest, South, Southeast and West) and the boys and girls teams representing the eight international regions (Africa, Asia Pacific, Canada, China, Europe & Middle East, India, Latin America and Mexico) will receive all-expenses-paid trips to compete in the culminating event in Orlando. U.S. teams will have the opportunity to register online for a chance to compete in their respective regional tournament.
The Jr. NBA Global Championship will feature boys and girls divisions, separated into U.S. and international brackets that begin with round-robin play and continue with single-elimination competition. The winners of the U.S. and international brackets will play in the global championship games on Aug. 11. International media partners will be announced at a later date.
More than 300 boys and girls from 35 countries participated in the inaugural Jr. NBA Global Championship in August 2018. During the weeklong event, all 32 teams participated in off-court activities including life skills sessions, Disney park visits, a community service project, and educational meetings with current and former NBA and WNBA players and coaches. The Central girls (Kansas City, Mo.) defeated the Europe girls team 68-38, while the Central boys (Overland Park, Kan.) defeated the Africa & Middle East boys team 60-50 in the global championship games.
More information about the Jr. NBA Global Championship and dates for the Canadian regional tournaments can be found at jrnbagc.nba.com. Registration for teams to compete in the Jr. NBA Global Championship is not yet open but those that sign up online will be notified as soon as registration information is available.
NBA President, Social Responsibility & Player Programs Kathy Behrens:
“We are looking forward to building on the success of the inaugural Jr. NBA Global Championship to host another best-in-class event. The expanded programming and new strategic partnerships will allow more youth players from around the world to participate in this year’s event and have the opportunity to showcase their talents on a global stage.”
NBA Canada Vice President & Managing Director Dan MacKenzie:
“Following a successful first year of the Jr. NBA Global Championship, we’re thrilled to offer Canadian girls and boys with even more opportunities to compete and develop their skills on and off the court. Together with Canada Basketball we’re proud to strengthen our investment in grassroots development, benefitting youth across the country.”
Canada Basketball President & CEO Glen Grunwald:
“Canada Basketball is excited to once again partner with the NBA on the Jr. NBA Global Championship Canada Regional Finals. Basketball continues to grow in our country and club-based national championships are an important component for the development of youth basketball in Canada.”
Three-time NBA Champion and Jr. NBA Global Championship Ambassador Dwyane Wade:
“I attended last year’s Jr. NBA Global Championship and it was incredible to witness the talent and passion displayed by boys and girls from around the world. This event offers a unique opportunity for young players to learn about different cultures while bonding through their love of the game.”
WNBA Champion and Jr. NBA Global Championship Ambassador Candace Parker:
“I’m thrilled to return as an ambassador for the Jr. NBA Global Championship, which is an amazing showcase and development opportunity for talented young players. I’m proud to support a program that will help advance the growth of girls basketball at all levels.”