The National Basketball Association (NBA) announced on Tuesday that it will spend 10 million yuan to build and refurbish public basketball courts in various Chinese cities.
David Shoemaker, CEO of NBA China, along with Hao Ping, Chinese Vice Minister of Education, signed an agreement yesterday at the China-US High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE) in Washington, D.C.
“We thank the Chinese Ministry of Education for its partnership which demonstrates our mutual commitment to growing the sport of basketball in China,” Shoemaker said in a China.org report.
The pledge aims to strengthen the existing partnership between NBA China and the Chinese Ministry of Education while spreading basketball culture throughout Chinese elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and universities.
The NBA has also announced the locations of the first three public basketball courts that will be built: the Oriental Pearl Tower Plaza in Shanghai, the Longgang University Center in Shenzhen and the High-Tech Sports Center in Chongqing.
The news comes just in time to cover up some bad press by way of former NBA star Allen Iverson, who experienced the promotional tour from hell during his time in China last month and has vowed that he will never, ever return to play on those pristine new courts.
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By Sharon Choi