The NBA will become the first US professional sports league to visit Cuba when it hosts a basketball development camp in Havana from April 23-26.
Two-time league MVP Steve Nash, NBA Global Ambassador Dikembe Mutombo, and WNBA legend Ticha Penicheiro will lead the four-day camp with the Cuban Men’s and Women’s National Teams, and community outreach projects in association with the Cuban sports ministry, INDER, and the Cuban Basketball Federation (CBF), according to league officials.
“We’ve seen the bridges that basketball can build between cultures,” NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum said in a press release issued by the league. “We look forward to sharing the values of our game with Cuban youth and learning together through the common language of sports.”
President Barack Obama ordered relations with Cuba to be normalized in December.
The NBA is jointly hosting the event with the the International Basketball Federation (FIBA).