Agence Française de Développement (AFD), New Fortress Energy (NFE), RwandAir and Visit Rwanda to Support Events and Activations during 2022 BAL (www.theBAL.com ). Playoffs and Finals May 21-28 in Kigali, Rwanda; The BAL 2022 Finals on Saturday, May 28 at 12:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. CAT will be broadcast in Africa on ESPN, Canal+, VisionView TV and Voice of America (VOA) Radio, and worldwide on American Forces Network (AFN), ESPNews , NBA TV International, Tencent Sports, TSN, the NBA app, NBA.com and NBA.com/BAL.
The Basketball Africa League (BAL) today announced a series of youth development, community service and business events that will take place during the BAL 2022 Qualifiers and Finals, which kick off today in Kigali Arena in Rwanda and will culminate in the second BAL final on Saturday, May 28 at 12:00 p.m. ET / 6:00 p.m. CAT.
The French Development Agency (AFD), New Fortress Energy (NFE), RwandAir and Visit Rwanda will collaborate with BAL to support events and activations throughout the week. BAL’s list of world-class partners includes founding partners NFE, Rwanda Development Board (RDB), NIKE, Jordan Brand and Wilson; and official partners Air Senegal, Attorney General Alliance (AGA) – Africa, Destination Senegal, Envol City and Hennessy.
The BAL Knockout Qualifiers will feature the top eight teams from the group stages of the league’s Sahara and Nile Conferences held in Dakar, Senegal (March 5-15) and Cairo, Egypt, respectively ( from April 9 to 19). Tickets for the BAL Playoffs and Finals are now on sale in multiple categories, including Group Tickets, Premium Tickets and Standard Tickets. Fans can purchase tickets by visiting BAL.NBA.com/BAL-kigali-ticketing.
Below are highlights of the week’s events and activations:
French Development Agency (AFD)
Le BAL will collaborate with AFD to promote “Alley-Oop Africa”, an original documentary series and awareness campaign for African youth that highlights how sport and athletes can lead to positive behavior change for the sustainable development, health and gender equality. Twenty boys and girls from seven African countries participated in the taping of the docuseries in March 2022, several of whom will participate in youth development and basketball activities during the BAL playoffs and finals. The docuseries will premiere later this year with additional details and cast plans to be announced at a later date.
Returning as the Official Airline Partner of the BAL 2022 Qualifiers and Finals, RwandAir is facilitating travel to and from Kigali for BAL teams, staff and guests.
BAL Environmental Service Day
The first BAL Environmental Day of Service projects took place at Umusambi village in Kigali from May 19-20. Seven BAL teams attended the event, where they explored the village of Umusambi and planted tree seedlings as part of the league’s Three for Trees initiative in partnership with NFE. For every three-point shot made during the BAL season, BAL and the NFE will donate three trees to be planted in the BAL team’s home country with the most three-point shots made throughout the season. the season.
The third BAL4Her day, in partnership with Visit Rwanda, will take place tomorrow and will bring together 50 young women from six local organizations to participate in a workshop and networking session with women leaders in the sports industry focused on building careers in the sport. The workshop will include a panel discussion with NBA Vice President and National Chief of Nigeria, Gbemisola Abudu, and panel discussions with 13 women from the sports industry. Following the workshop, attendees will take part in a networking session with BAL staff before enjoying a VIP matchday experience at the Zamalek – SLAC game.
BAL Coaches Clinic
On Sunday, May 22 and Monday, May 23, Indiana Pacers assistant coach Lloyd Pierce and Detroit Pistons assistant coach Bill Bayno will lead a BAL coaching clinic for more than 70 community basketball coaches local. The clinic will provide tools and strategies to help coaches improve their basketball player development program. Coaches who cannot attend in person can also join the clinic via Zoom by registering here.
BAL Innovation Summit
The inaugural BAL Innovation Summit in conjunction with Africa Day on Wednesday May 25 will bring together African leaders from business, entertainment, sports, social entrepreneurship and beyond to discuss the huge opportunities growth on the continent. The event, to be held at the Kigali Convention Centre, will highlight Africa’s creative identities through the prism of arts, culture, heritage, business and innovation, and engage individuals who have the power to unlock opportunities and build towards a stronger world. and the more connected Africa of tomorrow.
Showcase BAL Elevate
The inaugural BAL Elevate Showcase will feature NBA Academy Africa’s top prospects taking on the Rwanda U-23 national team at Kigali Arena on Friday, May 27 at 9:30 p.m. CAT. The match, which will feature the next generation of African players, will be broadcast live in Africa on ESPN Africa, Canal+ and Visionary TV, in the United States on ESPN+ and worldwide on NBA TV International. The game will also be streamed live on the NBA app, NBA.com and NBA.com/BAL.
In the opening game of the BAL 2022 Playoffs, Angola’s Petro de Luanda (4-1) will face Morocco’s AS Salé (3-2) at 8:30 am ET / 2:30 pm CAT, followed by Rwanda’s REG (4-1) against Cameroon FAP (2-3) at 12 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. CAT. The quarter-finals continue tomorrow with Tunisia’s US Monastir (4-1) taking on South Africa’s Cape Tigers (2-3) at 8:30 a.m. ET / 2:30 p.m. CAT, followed by defending champion BAL Zamalek from Egypt (5-0) vs. SLAC Guinea (2-3) at 12 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. CAT.
The winners of the quarter-finals will meet in the semi-finals on May 25 for the chance to qualify for the BAL 2022 final, which will be broadcast in Africa on ESPN, Canal +, VisionView TV and Voice of America (VOA) radio. , and worldwide on American Forces Network (AFN), ESPNews, NBA TV International, Tencent Sports, TSN, the NBA App, NBA.com and NBA.com/BAL.
Basketball Africa League 2022 Qualifiers and Finals hype video – https://bit.ly/38BLyf9 (Credit: BAL)
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The Basketball Africa League (BAL), a partnership between the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the NBA, is a new professional league featuring 12 club teams from across Africa. Based in Dakar, Senegal, the BAL builds on the foundations of the interclub competitions that the FIBA Africa Regional Office has organized in Africa and marks the NBA’s first collaboration to operate a league outside of the league. ‘North America. Fans can follow the BAL (@theBAL) on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube and register their interest in receiving more information about NBA.com/BAL.
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