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Adams brings NBA to NZ kids


STEVEN Adams may be the biggest name in New Zealand basketball - think "Andrew Bogut" in Australia - but he's not too big to forget his roots or to foster further growth of the game in his homeland.

The starting centre for the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder has invited 40 of the most talented senior male and female high school basketballers to a two-day high-performance camp where they will work with some of New Zealand's leading coaches and mentors.

At the end of the camps next weekend, they will play two games at Arena Manuwatu, hosted by Adams, Sports Pathways Trust, Basketball New Zealand and Basketball Manawatu.

The matches also will be televised live on Maori TV with tip-off from 4pm.

For those planning to attend, proceeds of your gold coin donation go to Basketball Manawatu.

Basketball Manawatu is thrilled to have this amazing opportunity to invite the whole community to check out these inaugural Steven Adams High School Invitational games, additionally featuring a couple of local players who will be announced soon.

(Please note no tickets will be available for pre-purchase but there will be a section of seats reserved for camp attendees, their familes, coaches and volunteers.)

But not only is Adams bringing his camp to Palmerston North, he also is leaving the legacy of his first Steven Adams Court, including this awesome artwork by Post-Graffiti artist Askew One.

Scroll down to read the meaning behind the design. This is more than a basketball court - it is the perfect finishing touch to a fantastic community-lead project!

THE MEANING BEHIND THE DESIGN

Motif from the community meaning Kotahitanga or Unity and Togetherness.

The arrows around the design are representative of the Awapuni Arrows which existed through the 80s and 90s and also whanau in the area that relate to today.

The imagery of the basketballers trying to reach the basketball represents reaching for your goals and aiming high. Encouraging young kids to do this and look up to those examples achieved by people such as Steven Adams.

The imagery is done in a video game style to relate to our youth.

And Awapuni is written repping the area and whanau in the area. The colours also rep Palmy and Manawatu.

Aug 10

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