Jr. NBA World Championship will feature boys and girls teams from the United States, Africa, Asia Pacific, Canada, China, Europe, India, the Middle East, Mexico and South America
Fox Broadcasting and Fox Sports 1 will televise the Jr. NBA World Championship that will be played Aug. 7-12 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort.
The tournament is being billed as a global youth basketball extravaganza for elite 13- and 14-year-old boys and girls teams from around the world and will include 16 regional champions (eight U.S. and eight international teams).
Fox will air 16 games totaling 20 hours of programming. On Saturday, Aug. 11 and Sunday, Aug. 12, Fox will feature more than 10 hours of programming, including the boys and girls U.S. and international championship games, as well as the World Championship games between the winners. Select domestic and international pool play and elimination games will air on FS1. All games will be simulcast on the Fox Sports app.
Fox Sports will also highlight off-court culture of the tournament in its ancillary coverage. Boys and girls from dozens of countries around the world will participate in activities – often alongside current and former NBA and WNBA players like Miami Heat guard and three-time NBA champion Dwyane Wade and Los Angeles Sparks forward and WNBA champion Candace Parker, who will serve as global ambassadors for the Jr. NBA World Championship. Wade and Parker are among several NBA and WNBA players who will work with the younger players on life skills education, physical and mental wellness programming and community service projects.
The teams competing in the Jr. NBA World Championship will come from regional tournaments in the U.S. and teams representing international regions which include Africa, Asia Pacific, Canada, China, Europe, India, the Middle East, Mexico and South America.
Each division has eight teams in a U.S. bracket and eight teams in an international bracket. There will be round-robin competition followed by single-elimination games.
The tournament is the latest basketball event to take place at Disney’s world-class sports complex, which regularly hosts elite professional, international, collegiate and recreational youth sports competitions. During its 21-year history, the sports complex has hosted AAU National Championships, the AdvoCare Invitational college basketball tournament, Orlando Magic training camp, NBA Pre-Draft Camp (2007 & 2008) and the first WNBA Preseason Tournament at the sports complex in 2014 that featured the Indiana Fever, the Chicago Sky, the Phoenix Mercury and the Minnesota Lynx. Minnesota defeated Chicago 76-69 to take home the inaugural WNBA preseason tournament championship.