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Thursday, June 25, 2015, 08:52

NBA China to pledge US$1.6m for public basketball courts

By Xinhua

WASHINGTON - The National Basketball Association (NBA) will spend 10 million yuan (about US$1.6 million) in financing construction and refurbishing of public basketball courts in Chinese cities.

The decision was announced at a ceremony organized here Tuesday to mark the opening of the sixth China-US High-Level Consultation on People-to-People Exchange (CPE) in Washington, D.C, in the same day. NBA China CEO David Shoemaker and Chinese Vice Minister of Education Hao Ping attended the event and signed a memorandum of understanding over the decision.

It is believed that the pledge will help expand the existing partnership between NBA China and the Chinese Ministry of Education, aiming to spread basketball education in China and advance youth development in Chinese schools.

As a part of the initial rollout of the expanded partnership, the NBA has recently announced the creation of three public basketball courts at the Oriental Pearl Tower Plaza in Shanghai, the Longgang Universiade Center in Shenzhen, and the High-Tech Sports Center in Chongqing.

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