Multiyear Collaboration Will Feature Launch of First Jr. NBA League in South Sudan
JUBA, South Sudan, September 5, 2022/ — Stanbic Bank in South Sudan and NBA (www.NBA.com) Africa last week announced a multiyear collaboration to support youth basketball development in South Sudan by launching the country’s first Jr. NBA League, hosting Jr. NBA clinics and building an outdoor court in Juba beginning later this year.
The initiative makes Stanbic Bank an official Jr. NBA partner in South Sudan. The first Jr. NBA League in South Sudan, a youth basketball league for boys and girls ages 18 and under from Juba, will launch in 2023.
The announcement was made on Sept. 1 at a ceremony in Juba by Stanbic Bank Country Head of South Sudan, Andrew Murugu; NBA Africa Senior Vice President and Head of Strategy and Operations, George Land; and South Sudan native and two-time NBA All-Star Luol Deng.
The Jr. NBA is the league’s global youth basketball program for boys and girls that teaches the fundamental skills and core values of the game – teamwork, respect, determination and community – at the grassroots level in an effort to help grow and improve the youth basketball experience for players, coaches and parents. The Jr. NBA program has been launched in 15 African countries.
Born in Wau, South Sudan, Luol Deng was selected with the 7th overall pick by the Phoenix Suns in the 2004 NBA Draft and was subsequently traded to the Chicago Bulls where he played from 2004-2014. He also played for the Cleveland Cavaliers (2014), Miami Heat (2014-16), Los Angeles Lakers (2016-18) and Minnesota Timberwolves (2018-19), before signing a one-day contract to retire as a Bull ahead of the 2019-20 NBA Season. Deng is a two-time NBA All-Star (2012, 2013), a recipient of the 2007 NBA Sportsmanship Award and was named to the 2005 NBA All-Rookie First Team.
Deng was a member of the Great Britain National Team at the 2012 Olympic Games in London and captained Team Africa in the NBA Africa Games in 2015 and 2017. He regularly participates in youth development initiatives in Africa, including Basketball Without Borders Africa. He was elected South Sudan Basketball Federation President in November 2019 and joined NBA Africa as a strategic investor in May 2021.
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Source: National Basketball Association (NBA)