Second annual Jr NBA Ireland a huge success!
December 10, 2019
The National Basketball Arena in Tallaght was taken over by more than 350 primary school pupils today for the second annual Irish Jr. NBA festival of basketball, proudly supported by DeCare Dental.
More than 25 teams from ten different counties flocked to the arena for a day of games, skills and fun, and also got to meet NBA ambassador, Fransico Elson, who was on hand to show talk all things NBA and of course, show them some basketball tricks. 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 another Irish Jr NBA festival of basketball at the arena today along with DeCare Dental. Seeing so many kids getting involved in basketball for the first time was brilliant, and we hope that they will now go on to 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 teams here today certainly showed just that. We were honoured to have Francisco Elson as our ambassador for the event, and there was great excitement for all the kids who got to meet him and chat to him. Congratulations and well done to all of the pupils who took part, and a massive thank you to all of the teachers, parents and coaches for working so hard on this initiative over the past few months.”
The Jr NBA is a global programme run in over 70 countries and is built on the principles of fun, teamwork and respect.
Jr. NBA Basketball Ireland League 2019
Belfast Phoenix (Antrim)
Moira Primary School – Indiana Pacers
St Anne’s Primary School – LA Clippers
St Teresa’s Primary School – Washington Wizards
Drogheda Wolves (Louth)
Gaelscoil an Bhradain Feasa – San Antonio Spurs
St Paul’s National School – LA Lakers
Tullyallen National School – Sacramento Kings
Kilrush Basketball Club (Clare)
St Senans Primary School Kilrush – Portland Trail Blazers
Scoil Realt na Mara Kilkee – Charlotte Hornets
Gaelscoil Uí Choimín Kilrush – Minnesota Timberwolves
Limerick Lions (Limerick)
CBS Primary School Sexton Street – OKC Thunder
Maria King Presentation Primary School – Phoenix Suns
Malahide Basketball Club (Dublin)
Pope John Paul II National School – Miami Heat
St Oliver Plunketts National School – Orlando Magic
Maree National School – Milwaukee Bucks
St. Oliver Plunketts National School Kilkerrin – Philadelphia 76ers
Scoil Mhuire Oranmore – New York Knicks
Scoil Bhaile Nua and Scoil Naomh Cholmain, Moycullen – New Orleans Pelicans
Scoil Mhuire & Scoil Naomh Bride, Moycullen – Brooklyn Nets
North Kildare (Kildare)
Maynooth Educate Together – Chicago Bulls
Scoil Mochua, Cellbridge – Atlanta Hawks
Portlaoise Panthers (Laois)
Holy Family School – Golden State Warriors
Scoil Bhride Portlaoise – Denver Nuggets
Skibbereen Eagles (Cork)
St Patrick’s National School Skibbereen – Memphis Grizzlies
West Cork Rath, Union Hall, Castlehaven & Drimolegue National Schools (combination) – Detroit Pistons
St Joseph’s National School Skibbereen – Utah Jazz
UCD Marian and Meteors (Dublin)
St Attractas, Ballinteer – Houston Rockets
Hollypark Boys National School and Scoil San Treasa – Toronto Raptors
Scoil Naithí, Ballinteer – Dallas Mavericks
UL Huskies and Limerick Lakers (Limerick)
St. Brigid's National School, Singland – Cleveland Cavaliers
Castleconnell NS, Castleconnell, Limerick – Boston Celti
Find out more about Jr. NBA Basketball:
For more information on the Jr. NBA Basketball Ireland League, please visit http://jr.nba.com/.
For more information about the NBA, fans can visit NBA.com, Facebook.com/NBA and @NBA on Twitter.
Fans can download the NBA App for news, updates, scores, stats, schedules, videos and more.
Find out more about 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.