nba_orizLa NBA è la prima lega sportiva professionistica americana a visitare Cuba da quando, a dicembre, sono riprese le relazioni diplomatiche tra le due nazioni. Dopo Airbnb (ve ne avevamo parlato QUI) gli affari statunitensi sull’isola sono veramente iniziati.

Mentre sul piano politico è molto quotato un faccia a faccia già questa settimana i presidenti di Cuba, Raul Castro, e Stati Uniti, Barack Obama, in occasione del vertice delle Americhe, in programma a Panama ,per quanto riguarda lo sport dal 23 al 26 aprile la National Basketball Association (NBA) e la International Basketball Federation (FIBA) hanno annunciato che ospiteranno il loro primo development camp di pallacanestro maschile e femminile congiunto a L’Avana.

Steve Nash, Dikembe Mutombo e Ticha Penicheiro si uniranno agli allenatori e agli istruttori NBA e FIBA per il Basketball Development Camp nella capitale cubana.

Il due volte NBA MVP Steve Nash, l’NBA Global Ambassador Dikembe Mutombo, e la leggenda WNBA Ticha Penicheiro guideranno la quattro giorni di camp con le nazionali cubane maschili e femminili, e alcuni progetti rivolti alla comunità, in collaborazione con il ministero dello sport cubano, INDER, e con la Cuban Basketball Federation (CBF).

Per la prima volta, la NBA e la FIBA inviteranno due giocatori e un allenatore cubano a partecipare al prossimo camp “Basketball without Borders”.

“Questo è un grande giorno per il basket cubano e per la nostra federazione” sono le parole di Ruperto Herrera, Presidente della CBF. “Avere sia la NBA sia la FIBA che collaborano all’istruzione giovanile e allo sviluppo del gioco nel nostro stato è magnifico. Ringraziamo la Repubblica di Cuba e INDER per aver aperto le porte a questi camp di basket che porteranno in futuro benefici alla pallacanestro nazionale ed internazionale”.

“Abbiamo visto come il basket possa creare dei ponti tra culture” ha dichiarato Mark Tatum, NBA Deputy Commissioner. “Non vediamo l’ora di condividere i valori alla base del nostro gioco con i giovani cubani e imparare insieme attraverso il linguaggio comune dello sport”.

Horacio Muratore, Presidente della FIBA: “Nel costante impegno a rafforzare le nostre federazioni nazionali, è estremamente gratificante vedere come Cuba diventi il centro di un development camp di questa importanza. Questa è una nazione che ama il basket e noi siamo fieri di collaborare con la NBA in questa storica iniziativa.”

Attraverso NBA Cares, il programma di social responsibility globale della lega, NBA e FIBA ristruttureranno tre campi di basket e ospiteranno dei clinic sulla pallacanestro giovanile in due location a L’Avana. Tatum si unirà alle leggende e alle autorità locali e parteciperà alle cerimonie di inaugurazione dei campi, focalizzate sulla promozione di stili di vita sani e dinamici, e sull’insegnamento dei valori alla base del gioco come il lavoro di squadra, il rispetto e la dedizione.

L’Head Coach degli Orlando Magic James Borrego, l’Head Coach degli Utah Jazz Quin Snyder, l’Assistant Coach degli Utah Jazz Brad Jones, il Youth Development Coach di USA Basketball Don Showalter, e il Director of Basketball Academy of the Americas Victor Ojeda parteciperanno ai training camp delle nazionali cubane maschili e femminili, sia a livello senior (18+) sia a livello junior.

Inoltre, agli allenatori si uniranno il Vice President of Basketball Administration dei Washington Wizards Tommy Sheppard, l’Associate Athletic Trainer dei New York Knicks Anthony Goenaga, e il FIBA Americas Referee Geraldo Fontana per guidare i workshop dedicati agli allenatori, agli istruttori e alle altre figure professionali sportive.


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