NBA Junior Basketball League kicks off in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) — The NBA and WNBA will launch a network of new youth basketball leagues across the United States, including in Las Vegas.

The leagues on Tuesday announced the launch of Jr. NBA Leagues, a network of basketball leagues for young people ages 6 to 14. The program will be launched in 11 cities in November 2022:

  • Sacramento, California.
  • washington d.c.
  • Boise, Idaho
  • Louisville, Ky.
  • New Orleans, La.
  • Kansas City, Mo.
  • Omaha, Neb.
  • Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Philadelphia, Pa.
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Seattle, washing

The goal is to eventually reach half a million children by 2027, the leagues said.

“The youth basketball ecosystem has experienced unique challenges over the past two years, and we are committed to meeting those challenges with programs like Jr. NBA Leagues, which is the basketball initiative of largest base we’ve ever launched in the United States,” said NBA senior vice president, head of youth basketball development David Krichavsky. “We look forward to utilizing the resources and expertise of the NBA, WNBA and our teams to support recreational and community basketball programs for young people at a time when they need it most, while enhancing the gaming experience for hundreds of thousands of boys and girls.”

Leagues offered in NBA or WNBA cities, such as Las Vegas, will benefit from exclusive experiences with the local team and young players to help promote the game of basketball. The Jr. NBA leagues will also focus on providing sporting opportunities for young people across socioeconomic, racial and gender criteria.

To learn more about the Jr. NBA, visit jr.nba.com. You can fill out a player interest form for a future league here.

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