Tralee Imperials Club To Take Part In Jr. NBA League

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John Dowling, Chairperson of Tralee Imperials Basketball Club.

TRALEE Imperials will be one of 13 clubs nationwide to take part in the inaugural Jr. NBA league this year.

The league will run from October to December, culminating in a festival of games at the National Basketball Arena in Tallaght.

The Junior NBA is a global youth basketball programme that will reach more than 26 million children in 71 countries through camps, clinics, skills challenges, league play and outreach events.

John Dowling, Chairperson of Tralee Imperials said it was a great honour to be chosen to take part.

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“It’s a huge thing for the club. Hundreds of clubs applied for this so it’s great to be picked. The groundwork for the programme has already been done by Jimmy Diggins, Darragh O’Hanlon and TY students who have worked with local schools teaching basketball skills to pupils.”

The finer details of what is involved still have to be finalised, but it is understood the club will link in three local schools in the area to provide coaching and support for the league.

The schools will play each other and can arrange games with the three other Munster clubs chosen.

“They’ll also play during half-time in Warriors home games and there’ll be a big jamboree in December where the kids will get NBA gear and play in a tournament. It’ll be a huge thing for them to say they’ve played in the Jr. NBA,” said John.

The clubs are a mix of Super League and National League clubs as well as a number of clubs who play regionally.

The thirteen clubs who will be taking part are:

Athlone BC (Westmeath)

Ballincollig BC (Cork)

East Cavan Eagles (Cavan)

Killester BC (Dublin)

Liffey Celtics BC (Kildare)

Limerick Celtics (Limerick)

Neptune BC (Cork)

Ongar Chasers (Dublin)

Sligo All Stars (Sligo)

Templeogue BC (Dublin)

Titans BC (Galway)

Tralee Imperials (Kerry)

Ulster University Elks (Antrim)

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