First ever Irish Jr NBA festival of basketball a huge success
December 12, 2018
The National Basketball Arena in Tallaght was taken over by more than 370 primary school pupils today for the first ever Irish Jr NBA festival of basketball proudly supported by DeCare Dental.
26 teams from ten different counties flocked to the arena for a day of games, skills and fun, and also got to meet NBA ambassador, Ronny Turiaf, who was on hand to show them some skills and tricks on the day. The pupils also got to take part in a healthy living workshop with DeCare Dental.
Many of the schools are in their first year of playing basketball, and there was huge excitement as they got to experience the big court at the National Basketball Arena alongside their friends, classmates and teachers.
Speaking afterwards, Basketball Ireland’s Conor Meany stated: “We are thrilled to have hosted the first Irish Jr NBA at the arena today along with DeCare Dental. Seeing so many kids getting involved in basketball for the first time has been absolutely fantastic and we hope that they will go on now and link up with the clubs in their area to keep learning more about the game.
“The Jr NBA is all about fun, respect and teamwork and the 26 teams here today certainly showed just that. We were honoured to have Ronny Turiaf as our ambassador for the event, and there was great excitement for all the kids who got to meet him and chat to him. We can’t wait for next year’s event already!”
The Jr NBA is a global programme run in over 70 countries and is built on the principles of fun, teamwork and respect.
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DeCare Dental: DeCare Dental is Ireland’s only specialist dental insurance and oral health company, providing dental insurance products and oral health services to both the corporate and consumer markets. The team is dedicated to enabling people to attend the dentist thereby improving oral and general health and this has resulted in resulted in increased dental attendance and improved oral health over the past number of years in Ireland and the United States.
DeCare has operations in Claremorris, County Mayo and in Dublin, employing over 125 staff with deep experience and clinical knowledge. DeCare is a subsidiary of Anthem, the largest health benefits provider in the United States and a brand that is recognised for innovation and service and provides service to 50 million medical members.
Globally, the Irish team provides service to over 10 million dental members worldwide and has been doing so for close to 20 years.