The seventh edition of the Royal Bafokeng Jr. NBA Basketball League finals concluded at the Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace in Phokeng, North West, on Saturday, 28 October with the presence of His Majesty Kgosi LeruoMolotlegi and the Queen Mother of the Royal Bafokeng Nation, MmemogoloSemaneMolotlegi.
The award winning programme featured former NBA player and legend Jerome Williams and performances by some of the most exciting dunkers in the world, Dunk Elite during selected entertainment breaks. The Roya Bafokeng Jr. NBA programme was named 2017’s Development programme of the year earlier this year at the annual Sports Industry Awards
The final consisted of six games, which featured 12 teams (boys and girls teams from primary schools, middle schools and high schools) concluded the memorable 2017 season.
The Royal Bafokeng Jr. NBA Finals were preceded by the third International Sports for Development Forum and Gala Dinner on Friday night which recognized the most outstanding students in the programme with Academic Achievements Awards. NBA Vice President and Managing Director for Africa, Amadou Gallo Fall said the awards were given to most deserving students and such evets are always a highlight to his year knowing that basketball is a tool that empowers young people.
2017 Royal Bafokeng Jr. NBA Champions
Primary School Girls: Luka Primary
Primary School Boys: Bonwakgogo
Middle School Girls: Kitsong
Middle School Boys: Charora
High School Girls: Kitsong
High School Boys: Bafokeng