Published June 22, 2017
PHOENIX – The Native American Basketball Invitational (NABI) will tip off its 15th annual national basketball tournament, presented by Ak-Chin Indian Community, NIKE N7, Seminole Tribe of Florida and Gila River Indian Community, on Sunday, July 9 at 6 p.m. at Cooper Sky Park in Maricopa, Ariz. The NABI tournament continues to be the largest premier basketball tournament showcasing Native American and indigenous youth in North America and the first to become certified by the NCAA.
This year, NABI has teamed up with the NBA to conduct a Jr. NBA youth camp, which will be run by NBA players, coaches and staff. The three-day Jr. NBA camp will feature up to 128 Native American 9th graders (64 boys and 64 girls) from tribes throughout North America and New Zealand learning directly from NBA players, coaches and league staff.
“The partnership with the NBA is a great opportunity to extend the mission of NABI,” said GinaMarie Scarpa, President & Co- founder of NABI. “Adding a skills oriented Jr. NBA camp to NABI week not only prepares our younger players for high school basketball but, also gets them ready to join NABI next summer and showcases what opportunities and doors basketball can open for them as they prepare for college and their future.”
This summer’s tournament will feature 128 high school age teams (from grades 10-12), comprised of athletes representing over 300 tribes from North America and New Zealand scheduled to compete in over 300 NABI games from July 10-15. Each team’s coach will invite one incoming freshman to travel with their team to participate in the Jr. NBA camp.
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