Three-Time NBA Champion Dwyane Wade and WNBA Champion Candace Parker help launch Jr. NBA World Championship

Announcing the first-of- its kind global youth basketball tournament, Jr. NBA World Championship, the National Basketball Association (NBA) has once again set a global standard.

This time in youth basketball development.

“We are extremely excited to announce the Jr. NBA World Championship, a global competition that will unify our youth basketball communities from around the world on an annual basis,” said Kathy Behrens, President, Social Responsibility & Player Programs for the NBA.

Featuring boys and girls divisions, each comprised of 16 regional champions (eight U.S. and eight international teams) that will receive all-expenses paid trips to compete in the inaugural event next August. In collaboration with USA Basketball and the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) the competition will showcase the world’s top youth and promote standards of safe play, proper training and licensing of coaches.

“The Jr. NBA World Championship represents another significant step in our effort to promote youth basketball globally,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.

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