The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) announced on Monday that they are to travel to Cuba in April to host a basketball development camp for the Cuban men’s and women’s national teams.
The NBA will be the first US professional sports league to visit Cuba since the two countries restored diplomatic relations in December and are working with the Cuban sports ministry, INDER, and the Cuban Basketball Federation (CBF) to include community outreach projects in their visit.
Two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash, NBA Global Ambassador Dikembe Mutombo, and WNBA Legend Ticha Penicheiro and other well-known names in American basketball will be leading the four day camp.
All parties involved are very enthusiastic about the initiative and Cuban Basketball Federation President Ruperto Herrera said in a statement; "To have both the NBA and FIBA collaborate on youth instruction and the development of the game in our country is magnificent."
Cuba has a wonderful history in basketball, with their men’s team having participated in four world championships - winning bronze in the 1972 Summer Olympics - and their women's team winning the International Basketball Federation Americas Championship in 2013.
"We've seen the bridges that basketball can build between cultures," said NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum. "We look forward to sharing the values of our game with Cuban youth and learning together through the common language of sports."
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