Is the NBA Playing in Your African Country?
On the morning of August 1, 2015, at 9 am PST, ESPN will be airing a live stream of the very first NBA game taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa. The National Basketball Association will be hosting their first game in the country in support of bringing awareness to the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Africa, the SOS Children’s Villages Association of South Africa, and the Nelson Mandela Foundation. This will provide a wonderful turnout for these organizations to say the least.
And, it will give basketball fans a chance to see players doing their thing in a new match-up of players and teams.
The NBA game will consist of only two distinct teams. The players born in Africa, and second-generation African players, will comprise “Team Africa.” The players from the rest of the world will comprise “Team World.” Luol Deng, the South Sudanese-born NBA All Star, will lead Team Africa as their team captain for the entirety of the competition, while the infamous Chris Paul, NBA All Star and NBPA President, will do the same for Team World.
The coaches for this historic event will include NBA Champion Gregg Popovich for Team Africa and Brooklyn Nets coach Lionel Hollins for Team World.
The NBA and Basketball Without Borders (BWB) outreach into more than two dozen African countries has successfully extended their connection and empowerment of countless young adults within and outside of the African country. If nothing more, this one basketball game in South Africa has the ability to further the outreach and motivations of many young adults within the continent cheering for Team Africa as well as around the rest of the world, who may possibly be cheering for Team Africa as well! And who may possibly play for Team Africa in future games?!
Nonetheless, good luck to both teams from The Africa Channel!
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