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17 January 2014

Friday 17 January

Over 40 young Londoners took part in the NBA Cares Unified Basketball Clinic at the O2 arena ahead of the NBA Global Game between the Atlanta Hawks and the Brooklyn Nets.

They were joined by 50 athletes from Special Olympics Great Britain in an hour long session run by NBA Cares with players from both basketball teams helping out and giving tips and advice to the young people.

Member club London Basketball Association were instrumental in ensuring that young people from across London had the chance to learn from some of the best players in the sport and they were so excited to be there that they had to be practically dragged out of the arena after their session was over!

Rosie Ferguson, Chief Executive: “At London Youth we believe it is important that young people have every opportunity to learn and have fun outside the classroom. What NBA Cares have provided through their coaching clinic is a perfect example of this.

It is testament to the great work of our member club London Basketball Association and the Special Olympics GB that 90 young people had this opportunity to learn from some amazing athletes and have an experience that they will really cherish.”

Neal Meyer of NBA Cares led the session and was very impressed with what he saw and believes that sessions such as this can really inspire young people.

10 young people attended the match at the O2 between the Hawks and the Nets on Thursday 16 January and were presented on court at halftime for a team photo.

If you’d like to find out more about NBA Cares visit their website.