The National Basketball Association (NBA), which has its headquarters in New York, plans to open an office in Nairobi in November of this year.
State House spokesperson Hussein Mohamed revealed that Kenyan has signed an MoU with the basketball organization on Friday morning.
President William Ruto and Sports Cabinet Secretary Ababu Namwamba attended the contract signing in New York.
"Kenya has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Basketball Association that will see phenomenal development of Basketball in Kenya," declared Mohamed.
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Kenya has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the National Basketball Association (@NBA) that will see phenomenal development of Basketball in Kenya.— Hussein Mohamed, MBS. (@HusseinMohamedg) September 22, 2023
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According to Mohamed, the arrangement will also result in "School and community-based grassroots talent development under the Talanta Hela Initiative, including the training of teachers as certified basketball coaches and scouts."
The State House spokeswoman continued by saying that the collaboration will also lead to the improvement of regional basketball infrastructure, including building basketball courts in schools and towns across the nation.
"Development of Basketball infrastructure, including Basketball courts in schools, communities and neighborhoods, and an elite arena for hosting top-level competitions... NBA to open an office in Nairobi in November 2023 to coordinate all activities under the historic MoU," said Mohammed.