Digicel, NBA bring jump-start basketball clinics to Jamaica again

September 17, 2016
The Digicel Jumpstart Clinics kicked off in Bermuda which will see the top kids in the Caribbean showcase their talents and get coached by NBA-certified coaches. Contributed

Development of local basketball talent began the Digicel NBA Jump-start Clinic experience yesterday and will wrap up tomorrow.

Digicel NBA Jump-start Basketball Clinics, which are run by NBA International Basketball Operations staff, focus on player development and feature 40 boys and 20 girls from across Jamaica, undergoing a three-day intensive workshop led by Adrian Alvarez Leo, senior coordinator, Basketball Operations Mexico, NBA, and Stephen Silas, assistant coach of the Charlotte Hornets.

Further extending the reach of the camp, the programme will again feature coaching development opportunities for local coaches. After successful completion of the sessions, the coaches will receive FIBA Level One Coaching Certification.

At the end of the clinic, the top five boys and top three girls from Jamaica will be selected to attend the Elite Camp in British Virgin Islands. From there, the top eight boys and five girls will be selected to enjoy the NBA experience in New York in December 2016.


Top male players


Last year, Digicel NBA Jump-start Basketball Clinics brought together more than 300 of the top male players, ages 16 and under, from across the Caribbean. The top eight players from the Elite Camp visited NBA headquarters in New York City, and attended an NBA game in Brooklyn, where they watched Stephen Curry and the Golden State Warriors take on the Brooklyn Nets.

In March 2015, Digicel and the NBA announced a multi-year partnership that delivers live games and extensive NBA programming to more than 30 Caribbean territories.

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