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What is Jr. NBA?

  • Jr. NBA Asia

    The Jr. NBA program in Asia aims to improve youth health and wellness and address growing inactivity by integrating basketball into the local physical education curriculum. Since its launch in 2014, the Jr. NBA program has reached more than 18 million boys and girls across Asia, teaching the fundamentals of basketball and the program’s core values of sportsmanship, teamwork, a positive attitude, and respect (S.T.A.R.). The Jr. NBA Coaches Academy – the program’s government-supported train-the-trainers initiative which aims to further local development by establishing standards for how the sport should coached and enjoyed – has trained more than 62,000 teachers from 37,000 schools across 50 cities throughout Asia.

  • Jr. NBA Global Championship

    The Jr. NBA Global Championship is a youth basketball tournament for the top 13- and 14-year old boys and girls teams from around the world. Qualifying competitions will tip off in January and run through June 2019, with the top 32 boys and girls teams receiving all-expenses-paid trips to compete in the Jr. NBA Global Championship in Orlando, Florida from August 6-11, 2019.

  • Jr. NBA Global Championship

    In the US - the Jr. NBA will host eight (8) regional tournaments – Central, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Northeast, Northwest, South, Southeast and West – during the spring and summer of 2019. The three-day tournaments will consist of pool play competition followed by single-elimination bracket play. Each team will be guaranteed a minimum of four (4) games.

  • Jr. NBA Global Championship

    In other regions - the Jr. NBA Global Championship international competition structure varies by region. One (1) boys and one (1) girls team will advance from each of the eight (8) international regions: Africa, Asia Pacific, Canada, China, Europe & Middle East, India, Latin America and Mexico. See the International Regionals page for more details about international competition. 

  • Jr. NBA Global Championship

    Sixteen (16) boys teams and sixteen (16) girls teams will advance to play in the Jr. NBA Global Championship from August 6-11, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. The teams representing each region will be separated into U.S. and international brackets that include pool play competition followed by single-elimination bracket play. Winners of the U.S. and international brackets will play in the boys and girls championship games.

    Additionally, youth at Jr. NBA Global Championship events will not only compete on the court, but will also participate in off-court life skills programming.

We have each other’s backs. We work hard as a team; share celebration and defeat. We support each other, always believing that more is possible when we do it together.
We play tough but we play fair. We pick each other up on the court and treat others the way we’d like to be treated. We respect the game and each other, embrace different backgrounds and always remember that the game welcomes all.
We never give up. We shoot for the stars and when we rebound, we rebound with resilience. We know our futures are up to us and so we work hard to always advance our skills, both on the court and off.
Diverse and dynamic, we are one global team. Basketball is borderless - it connects us as friends and competitors, and provides opportunities to interact with and give back to our community.