It was a big weekend for the Summer League Jr. NBA as the Boys and Girls divisions held their championship games at the Tarkanian Sports Facility in Las Vegas, Nevada! The Summer League Jr. NBA season started on April 21st and featured 16 elite teams, 8 in the boys division and 8 in the girls division.
In the boys’ division, coach Derek Niggemeier led his Spurs team to a championship over a Wizards team that was coached by Pat Amico.
In the girls’ division, coach Turina Scales led the MYSTICS to a championship over the Mercury, coached by Christina Wellendorf.
Both championship teams will be honored during half-time of a Summer League NBA game between July 7th and July 17th at the Thomas & Mack Center and Cox Pavilion.
NBA Summer League continues to give back to the Las Vegas community since its inception in 2004. Summer League Jr. NBA is an example of the community contributions over the years such as Hoops for St. Jude, Military Appreciation Night, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade, Adopt A School, Noche Latina, and the holiday food drive. The goal of Summer League Jr. NBA is to assist the youth throughout Southern Nevada and to provide them with healthy programming focused on leadership, sportsmanship, and accountability while instilling positive core values. “The Las Vegas community has supported us from the start and we truly feel that Summer League is part of the city. Founding this league with games on Friday nights will create a positive environment for students, parents, and coaches across Southern Nevada,” said Albert Hall, Co-Founder and Vice President of NBA Summer League.
Here’s a recap from this year’s first Summer League Jr. NBA tournament: