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NBA to back North West schools

American NBA officials announced this week that they have agreed to a multi-year partnership with South Africa’s Royal Bafokeng Nation for a school-based basketball development programme.

The 29-village region of the North West Province, whose community-owned stadium at Rustenburg became the first such venue to host Soccer World Cup matches last year, will launch the programme in April, according to AFP reports.

“I’ve always believed that excellence needs to be seen and touched in order to be practiced, which is why I’m delighted that we are partnering with the NBA in bringing the game of basketball to our communities,” said King Kgosi Leruo Tshekedi Molotlegi. “Teaching our kids to play basketball is teaching them to aim ever higher.”

NBA staff will help train coaches and officials, offer weekly clinics and monthly camps for youth and culminate in a school-based youth league. At least 16 outdoor basketball courts will be built across South Africa as well.

“We are proud to join with the Royal Bafokeng Nation, whose forward-looking vision includes the positive impact sports can have on communities,” said NBA commissioner David Stern.