National Basketball Association (NBA) and Support and Education Foundation for Basketball (BIDEV), Jr. The NBA signed a cooperation agreement to form the Turkish League.
The National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Support and Education Foundation for Basketball (BIDEV), Jr. The NBA signed a cooperation agreement to form the Turkish League.
The program will be held in its first year with the participation of 30 primary schools for boys and girls aged 11-14. jr. The NBA Turkey League will start with the elections to be held in October, with each school being matched against an NBA team, and will end with the final to take place in December. BIDEV Chairman of the Board Hasan Arat, BIDEV Board Member Eyal Tarablus and NBA Europe and Middle East Basketball Operations Director Henry Utku participated in the cooperation agreement.
HASAN ARAT: WE AIM TO IMPLEMENT THIS COOPERATION IN ANATOLIA IN THE FUTURE PERIOD.
BIDEV Chairman of the Board, Hasan Arat, said, “BIDEV is not just a foundation, it is a family that has devoted itself to basketball and came together to contribute to the development of Turkish basketball. We want to contribute to raising smart, agile and moral athletes by creating equal opportunities for children and young people. As BIDEV. sees basketball as a tool for raising intellectual and qualified individuals, we are excited about the start of a BIDEV-Jr.NBA League program that will grow in the coming years for the future of boys and girls by taking the first step with the cooperation of BIDEV and NBA. We aim to implement it,” he said.
EYAL TARABLUS: THE POPULARITY OF BASKETBALL AND NBA IN TURKEY IS INCREASING EVERY YEAR
Expressing that the popularity of basketball and the NBA in Turkey is increasing every year, BIDEV Board Member Eyal Tarablus said, “Every child who picks up a basketball dreams of seeing an NBA team jersey one day. “We believe that the Jr.NBA League tournament format will be quickly adopted by every school, child and coach, and it will be a great season.”
HENRY UTKU: WE ARE VERY EXCITED
“We are very excited to launch the Jr. NBA League program in Turkey with BIDEV, who shares our desire to teach the game and our values for young boys and girls,” said Henry Utku, NBA Europe and Middle East Basketball Operations Director.