The eighth annual Royal Bafokeng Jr. NBA Finals that took place at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace in Phokeng, North West Province, South Africa yesterday, showcased spectacular skill and determination from the primary, middle, and high school finalists. The finals featured WNBA All-Star Monique Currie of the Washington Mystics, and performances from an NBA Dunk Squad and South African music artist Cassper Nyovest. Thousands of fans filled out the stands to celebrate the conclusion of the eighth basketball season.
The event was preceded by the Royal Bafokeng Jr. NBA Awards Gala Dinner on Friday night, with student, coaches and administrators recognized for their academic and sporting achievements during the past season.
The championship teams:
- Primary School Champions Boys: Tumagole Primary School
- Primary School Champions Girls: Ramotse Primary School
- Middle School Champions Boys: Matale Secondary School
- Middle School Champions Girls: Charora Secondary School
- High School Champions Boys: Kitsong High school School
- High School Champions Girls: Matale Secondary School
Please find the quotes below and select photos attached:
NBA Vice President and Managing Director for Africa, Amadou Gallo Fall:
“We are extremely proud of the work that has been done here at the Royal Bafokeng Jr. NBA development programme since its inception eight years ago. We are especially proud of the work done by our local coaches, and their passion for developing grassroots talent. Our number one priority was to localise our development strategy, find people that we could train to build capacity, and this growth is what has sustained the program.”
WNBA All-Star, Monique Currie:
“It was a really great experience to see a lot of young girls here in South Africa participating in the game of basketball. I was really impressed with their work ethic. I believe it is important for more girls to participate in sports especially when it comes to boosting their confidence and it helps them perform better at school.”