NBA partners with Patty Mills’ Indigenous Basketball Australia IBA

Patty Mills’ work to empower Indigenous-Australian athletes at the grassroots level now has the backing of the NBA, with the league announcing on Friday that it is joining forces with Indigenous Basketball Australia (IBA) in its inaugural year.

Through its Jr. NBA program — the league’s global youth basketball initiative — the NBA will conduct a camp, led by international NBA coaches at the National Indigenous Basketball Tournament (NIBT) at the Gold Coast in Queensland, on April 11-13, 2021.

The Jr. NBA-run camp will feature 48 boys and girls, and it was also announced that up to two boys and two girls participating in the upcoming Indigenous Community Basketball League (ICBL) and NIBT will be selected to participate in the Jr. NBA Global Championship Asia-Pacific athlete selection pathway camp planned for later in the year.

Mills established the IBA with an eye toward creating basketball pathways for Aboriginal

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