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    May 25, 2016

    Jr NBA Program Expanding in Manitoba for 2016-17; New Groups Can Apply by June 30

    Basketball Manitoba is pleased to announce that the Jr NBA program is looking to expand heading into the 2016-17 year.  The program comes as part of a new partnership with NBA Canada.  The Jr. NBA program provides an entry-level basketball program for young children 5 to 7 years old by providing a fun, active and healthy learning environment.  There are currently 15 locations running the program around Manitoba and we are looking to grow into new areas of the province.  Taneesha Greaves, the new Jr NBA Ambassador for Manitoba is able to help get your program up and running as early as this fall.


    Basketball Manitoba is seeking the interest of the Manitoba basketball community from groups or individuals that may be interested in hosting a program in their community.  We are putting a priority on non-Winnipeg locations to use this program to boost basketball participation province-wide.











    About the Jr. NBA Program

    Fun, Basketball Authentic, Maximum Basketball Touches

    Objectives

    • Provide entry-level basketball program for young children 5 to 7 years old
    • Build a community of league organizers, parents, coaches committed to minor basketball
    • Provide a fun, active and healthy learning environment 

    Curriculum

    • Weekly 45 minute practices for 12 weeks
    • Canadian Sport 4 Life/Long Term Athlete Development compliant
    • Aligned with Canada Basketball's Developmental Pathway
    • Curriculum has been developed by NBA Basketball Operations and a team of experts in child development and physical literacy, and basketball fundamentals
    • Games will be modified to be age-appropriate, simple and fun

    Equipment & Uniform

    • Program will include age-appropriate equipment (smaller basketball and lowered adjustable hoops) and modified games
    • Participants will receive a size-appropriate Spalding® Rookie Gear Basketball and NBA team branded t-shirt
    The Program
    Those interested in hosting a program in their community for the 2016-17 year are asked to complete and submit the below information.  Deadline to submit interest is June 30, 2016.  Submissions will still be accepted after this date, but may miss the window of opportunity to begin this fall.  

    For Manitoba specific questions on the program, please contact Jr NBA Ambassador:
    Taneesha Greaves
    TGreaves@nba.com




    Specific questions on the Manitoba Jr NBA programs can be made to Adam Wedlake at jrnba@basketballmanitoba.ca or at 204-925-5773

    Full details on the new program can be found at http://www.jrnba.ca

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