The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi (DCT Abu Dhabi) have announced the commencement of the expanded third season of the Jr. NBA Abu Dhabi League. The league is set to engage more than 1,300 youth aged 11-14 from schools across Abu Dhabi and, for the first time.
Draft Event Highlights
The Jr. NBA Abu Dhabi League draft event took place on January 27 at the NYU Abu Dhabi campus, graced by the presence of DCT Abu Dhabi Chairman, H.E. Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, NBA Legends James Worthy, and LaMarcus Aldridge. Each participating school was assigned an NBA team, receiving team-branded jerseys. Engaging in basketball development clinics and skills challenges led by Worthy and Aldridge.
Season Details and Finals
The League will tip off on February 5, with games scheduled to culminate in the third Jr. NBA Abu Dhabi League Finals on May 5. The league’s expansion to Al Ain reflects a commitment to reaching more children across the emirate.
Department of Culture and Tourism – Abu Dhabi, in partnership with @NBA, has launched the third Jr. NBA Abu Dhabi League. Running from 5 February to 5 May 2024, the league aims to reach more than 1,300 youth from schools across the emirate, inspiring future generations of… pic.twitter.com/vNy0oa7GK4
— Aletihad English (@AletihadEn) January 29, 2024
DCT Abu Dhabi’s Commitment
H.E. Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, Chairman of DCT Abu Dhabi, expressed the organization’s commitment to youth empowerment and community development. The collaboration with the NBA aims to develop the next generation of players in the UAE. It aligning with the vision of building a brighter and more prosperous future.
NBA’s Growth Initiatives
Neal Meyer, NBA Europe and Middle East Vice President of Basketball Operations, highlighted the NBA’s commitment to providing youth with opportunities to learn and play the game. The league endeavors to teach values like teamwork, leadership, and respect, contributing to the holistic development of aspiring players.
Legends’ Inspirational Presence
NBA Legends James Worthy and LaMarcus Aldridge shared their enthusiasm during the draft event, emphasizing the positive impact of the game. Worthy commended the young players, expressing his wishes for them to create incredible memories and experiences through basketball.
The League is part of a multiyear collaboration between the NBA and DCT Abu Dhabi. The initiative includes various interactive events, contributing to the development of basketball in the region.
— UAE Forsan (@UAE_Forsan) January 29, 2024
As the league unfolds, it stands as a testament to the collaborative efforts of the NBA and DCT Abu Dhabi in nurturing young talent. Fostering a love for basketball in the UAE.