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Jr. NBA Global Championship: Day 2

Updated: Aug 8, 2019

The Africa boys and girls teams joined other international teams to take part in their first life skills seminar of the week at this year's Jr. NBA Global Championship in Orlando, Florida, USA.

The first of the ‘Respect the Game’ life skills session featured current and former NBA and WNBA players, including Grant Hill, Pops Mensah-Bonsu, Jennifer Azzi and Jason Collins sharing tips on how best to approach tasks and challenges on and off the court.

Bahati Mgunda, Africa Girls Head Coach said: “What I can say, they are ready. I see the attitude since we arrived here in Florida, that has been different compared to when we started training in Dakar, Senegal.”

The players and youth discussed in groups the importance of developing and nurturing relationships, being respectful, recognising the responsibility that comes with using social media as well as dealing with injuries and maintaining healthy lifestyles.

“These young athletes are learning skills that will help them not only on the court, but off the court, and will help them grow as human beings. It will open their minds and will help them later in life,” said NBA legend Jason Williams.

Next, the teams headed to the ESPN Wide World of Sports for their last practice sessions before the tournament’s pool play starts later today. Africa Girls will face Europe & Middle East Girls (10:30pm CAT) and Africa Boys will play Europe & Middle East Boys (0:00am CAT).

The games will be available for free via social video service Twitch will provide live streams of select games from both the boys and girls divisions to a worldwide audience, beginning with round-robin play Aug. 6-7 and continuing with the single-elimination competition Aug. 9-11.

The schedule consists of 42 pool play games, 12 quarterfinal games and seven semifinal games, as well as the international girls championship game and select Positive Finish consolation games.  All games will be co-streamed, giving fans a chance to connect with their community by offering their own commentary.

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