July 28, 2014
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (July 28, 2014) - USA Basketball will conduct youth basketball clinics in Las Vegas, Chicago, New York and Annapolis, Maryland, this summer. The USA Basketball Youth Developmental clinics, which will include children from 6-16 years old, will offer instruction on skills and fundamentals.
"A goal of USA Basketball's youth development initiative is to get more young people playing the game; to re-engage and re-energize youth to participate in the sport," said Jim Tooley, USA Basketball CEO/Executive Director. "We feel one of the ways to do this is through these youth clinics. USA Basketball wants to connect with basketball players of all skill levels to promote, grow and elevate the game. At the end of the day, our mission is to make basketball the most user-friendly and successful sport in the country."
The 2014 USA Basketball Women's National Team during its training camp at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, will split up to conduct two clinics at 4:15-5:15 p.m. (EDT) on Sept. 9. Half of the USA Women's National Team, along with half of the U.S. Naval Academy's women's basketball team, will participate in a clinic at the Boys & Girls Club of Annapolis & Anne Arundel County with approximately 75-100 children, while each team's remaining players and coaches will take part in a clinic for approximately 30 children of U.S. Navy personnel in partnership with the Moral, Welfare and Recreation Department.
On July 29 at the Lied Memorial Clubhouse Boys & Girls Club in Las Vegas, approximately 300 children 6-12 years old will take part in a basketball clinic from 8:30-10:30 a.m. (PDT).
On July 31, approximately 50 children age 6-11 years old at the Doolittle Community Center in Las Vegas will participate in a clinic from 9- 11 a.m. (PDT), while 50 children from 12-16 years old will participate in a 1-3 p.m. (PDT) clinic at the Doolittle Community Center.
USA Basketball will conduct several clinics in Chicago from Aug. 12-15 in partnership with Nike during the 2014 World Basketball Festival. Details for those clinics are being finalized and will be announced.
The New York editions of the USA Basketball Youth Development clinics will be conducted Aug. 19, 20 and 21. On Aug. 19, a clinic will be held for approximately 100 children from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (EDT) at the St. John's Recreation Center in Brooklyn and two clinics will take place at the Dunlevy Milbank Center for children 6-13 years old, including a 12-1:30 p.m. (EDT) clinic for about 50 children and a 1:30-3 p.m. (EDT) clinic for 50 more children. On Aug. 20, a clinic for about 100 children will be held 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (EDT) at the Lawrence Playground/Al Oerter Recreation Center in Queens, and on Aug. 21 a clinic for 100 children will be at 11a.m.-1 p.m. (EDT) at the Mahoney Playground in Staten Island.
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Based in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and chaired by Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men's and women's basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the U.S. by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA-sponsored international competitions, as well as for some national competitions.
In 2013, USA Basketball added a Youth Development Division to its organization, which is tasked with the development of youth basketball initiatives that will promote, grow and elevate the game.
USA teams are the current men's and women's champions in the Olympics; men's and women's FIBA World Championships (Basketball World Cup); men's and women's FIBA U19 and U17 World Championships; men's and women's U18 and U16 FIBA Americas Championships; the FIBA 3x3 Women's World Championship; and the FIBA 3x3 Women's U18 World Championship. USA Basketball currently ranks No. 1 in all five of FIBA's world-ranking categories, including combined, men's, women's, boys and girls.
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