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2017 FIBA Open  -  Sunday 18 June
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Mini Basketball movement spreading to Africa

IFRANE - FIBA Africa, through the royal Moroccan Basketball Federation, will be the 3rd regional office to host a Mini Basketball event after FIBA Europe in June and FIBA Oceania in September.

The 17th and 18th of November, 500 children between 8 and 12 years of age as well as 101 delegates including 22 international delegates from 19 countries will get together in Ifrane, Morocco for a Mini Basketball event.

On the first day, the delegates will attend a coaching clinic where they will be shown ways of teaching children fun ways to learn basketball and how to face challenges specific to Mini Basketball in Africa. They will also take part in an environment awareness excursion to help clean up the forest as an example of Basketball For Good activities.

A convention will take place on Sunday where best practices will be exchanged on how to get kids into basketball, focusing on promoting a positive first experience for them so that they are eager to keep playing the sport in schools or in clubs.

On behalf of FIBA, the IBF is initiating these Mini Basketball events as a way of stimulating grassroots basketball with the idea of growing the basketball community on a global level.

FIBA President Horacio Muratore is excited about the first ever Mini Basketball event in Africa: “We are very happy about the FIBA Mini Basketball Convention making a stop in Africa. The age category of 5 – 12 years is our future, the event's main goal is to make lifelong friends of our sport, not necessarily to detect talent.”