The National Basketball Association (NBA), CONADE (Mexico’s National Commission for Physical Culture and Sport) and the Mexican Basketball Federation (Asociacion Deportiva Mexicana de Baloncesto, A.C) recently announced their plan to launch The NBA Academy Latin America, an elite basketball training center in Mexico City for the top male and female prospects from throughout the Caribbean, Mexico, Central America and South America.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, CONADE Principal Director Alfredo Castillo Cervantes, and Mexican Basketball Federation President Gilberto Hernández were proud to publicly declare their alliance, sharing insight on the NBA’s seventh elite training center.
At a press conference conducted at the Arena Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City, during the NBA Mexico City Games 2017 presented by Nike, Silver said “Basketball continues to flourish across Latin America and this new NBA Academy in Mexico City will be the one place where elite youth can train and compete together.”
Hosting the most NBA games held in any country outside the United States and Canada, the Mexico City Games celebrated the 25th anniversary celebration of the first NBA game in Mexico and mark the 25th and 26th games in the country since 1992.
“We look forward to developing top Latin American players in a structured and meaningful way in partnership with CONADE and the Mexican Basketball Federation,” Silver said commenting on the facility scheduled to open this winter.
The NBA Academy Latin America will employ a holistic, 360-degree approach to player development with focuses on education, leadership, character development and life skills. Student-athletes will compete against top competition throughout the year and have an opportunity to be selected for travel teams that play in international tournaments and exhibition games.
“CONADE’s commitment is to boost athlete development to its maximum potential and enhance their talent and education by providing them with high-performance training, innovative methodology and the latest sports technology and science,” said Castillo Cervantes.
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