The NBA continues to expand its focus on junior basketball, announcing that the Junior NBA Global Championships will return to Orlando this year.
This year's event will take place from August 11-16 at ESPN Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World and will feature the top 32 13 and 14-year-old boys and girls teams from around the world.
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The Global Championships will feature boys and girls divisions in both U.S and international brackets, beginning with round-robin play, before single elimination games to determine the winner.
The U.S regions include Central, Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Northeast, Northwest, South, Southeast and West, while the international regions include Africa, Asia Pacific, Canada, China, Europe & Middle East, India, Latin America, and Mexico.
All 32 teams will participate in off-court activities alongside current and former NBA and WNBA players, providing player development opportunities, health and wellness programming, leadership development and NBA Cares community service projects.
Qualifying competitions for the 2020 Jr. NBA Global Championship will tip off in the coming months.
Last year's event saw Dwyane Wade, Grant Hill, Breanna Stewart, Swin Cash, Mike Conley and Aaron Gordon participate in a variety of on and off-court avtivities with the participants.