In just under two months, the World Basketball Festival returns for its third year. Nike, Jordan Brand and USA Basketball will host the celebrations in Chicago, August 13-17. Check out some of the details from USA Basketball below, and stay tuned for a lot more on this from us soon.
The World Basketball Festival 2014 will feature members of the 2014 USA Basketball Men’s National Team in Chicago, IL from August 13-17, as they train for the 2014 FIBA World Cup and participate in youth skills clinics and community events including basketball court refurbishments and school symposiums on behalf of NIKE, Jordan Brand and USA Basketball.
On Thursday, August 14, Nike Inc. and USA Basketball will host an opening ceremony at the 63rd Street Beach House that will officially launch the World Basketball Festival in Chicago. As part of the ceremony, consumers will hear from their favorite basketball players and coaches as well as interact with USA Basketball product collections.
The 63rd Street Beach House will pay homage to the game of basketball both from a global and Chicago-perspective and will tell heritage and innovation stories, showcasing historic footwear and apparel as well as their current iterations. In addition, several Chi-League games will be played at the Beach House featuring some of the cities greatest basketball players. Chi League 3v3 will be introduced and have open registration for August 14-16 games and the Chi League pro-am finals close out with weekend on August 17.
“Since first being held in 2010, the World Basketball Festival has become a memorable and exciting event for USA Basketball National Team fans,” said Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball chairman. “We’re honored to have the opportunity to bring the energy and excitement of USA Basketball’s Men’s National Team to basketball fans in the Chicago and the surrounding communities, and to give them an opportunity to celebrate this great game with their national team.”
To cap off the festival in Chicago, the 2014 USA Men’s National Team will face the 2014 Brazil Men’s National Team in an exhibition game at the United Center on Saturday, August 16 at 8:00 p.m. CDT.