“This is an important year for USA Basketball, as we celebrate the 20 th Anniversary of the 1992 USA Basketball Dream Team, the team that helped grow basketball into a global phenomenon,” said Jerry Colangelo, USA Basketball Chairman. “We are proud to partner with Nike for the return of the World Basketball Festival, as we share the history of USA Basketball and share the excitement of our game with fans in London, Paris, Washington, D.C. and Barcelona.”In that same spirit of providing all-important access to sport and basketball culture, Converse will host a Block Party to celebrate the urban spirit of the Converse Pro Leather and local street culture. This global event series, rooted in basketball, music and art, will also hit New York, Philadelphia and Los Angeles this summer. To cap off the festival in Washington, D.C., on Monday, July 16, the 2012 USA Basketball Men’s and Women’s National Teams will match-up against their counterparts from Brazil. The women’s game will tip-off at 5:30 p.m. EDT at the Verizon Center, followed by the men at 8:00 p.m. EDT. Nike+ Basketball will also help to share the World Basketball Festival 2012 experience with the rest of the world digitally. Nike+ Basketball breaks down the user’s game to deliver information and measurement, which in turn provides motivation. Nike+ Basketball measures how high, how hard and how quick players play each game. A number of competitors will be wearing the Nike Hyperdunk+ shoe, which is connected to the Nike+ Basketball mobile application, enabling them to share in-game highlights with the masses via social media, including statistics such as “vertical jump” and video of their best moves in “Showcase” mode. World Basketball Festival tipped off in London on June 30th. Brixton in South London, the heartland of British Hoops, played host to a celebration of both the game and culture of basketball that featured exclusive appearances from basketball heroes Luol Deng and Scottie Pippen, the public debut of Nike+ Basketball and a soundtrack supplied by Big Boi, Dot Rotten and Angel.
The Paris portion of World Basketball Festival 2012 will provide local basketball youth with an opportunity to take part in basketball clinics on Nike built courts at the Cite Universitaire Internationale from July 13-18. On July 14, the French national team will make an appearance and interact with fans. French fans will have an opportunity to showcase their support for the team on July 15 during France’s game versus Spain game that will be shown on a giant screen at 2:30 p.m.World Basketball Festival 2012 will conclude its tour in Barcelona July 20-24th by paying tribute to one of the best teams in sports history – the 1992 USA Basketball Dream Team and their debut twenty years ago. With a unique setting at MNAC, the basketball fans can enjoy the games of 3vs3 “Museum finals”, as well as opportunities to meet select players from the 1992 Dream Team, 2012 USA Basketball Men’s National Team and Spain’s teams. During the five days, the USA Basketball Men’s National Team will take part in two games that will feature the top three FIBA-ranked basketball world powers. USA Basketball will face Argentina on July 22 (9:30 p.m. local time) and play against Spain on July 24 (10:30 p.m. local time) at the Palau Sant Jordi, closing-out of World Basketball Festival 2012. World Basketball Festival 2012 will make the following stops:June 30th, London, UKJuly 12 – 16th, Paris, FranceJuly 13 – 16th, Washington, D.C., USAJuly 20 – 24th, Barcelona, Spain About NIKE NIKE, Inc. based near Beaverton, Oregon, is the world's leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. Wholly-owned NIKE subsidiaries include Cole Haan, which designs, markets and distributes luxury shoes, handbags, accessories and coats; Converse Inc., which designs, markets and distributes athletic footwear, apparel and accessories; Hurley International LLC, which designs, markets and distributes action sports and youth lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories; and Umbro International Limited, which designs, distributes and licenses athletic and casual footwear, apparel and equipment, primarily for global football (soccer). Learn more at www.nikeinc.com or @nike. About USA Basketball Based in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men's and women's basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the United States by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA sponsored international basketball competitions, as well as for some national competitions.
Since 2008, USA Basketball men's and women's teams have compiled a sterling 134-6 win-loss record in FIBA or FIBA Americas competitions. USA teams are the current men's and women's champions of the Olympics and FIBA World Championship; FIBA women's U19 world champions; the men's and women's title holders for the FIBA U17 World Championship; and the men's and women's U18 and U16 FIBA Americas champions. USA Basketball currently ranks No. 1 in all five of FIBA's world ranking categories, including combined, men's, women's, boys and girls.Connect with USA Basketball on facebook.com/usabasketball, twitter.com/usabasketball and www.youtube.com/therealusabasketball. Photos/Multimedia Gallery Available: http://www.businesswire.com/cgi-bin/mmg.cgi?eid=50329822&lang=en