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FORMER United States President, Barack Obama has joined NBA Africa as a strategic partner to help advance social responsibility efforts across the continent, the National Basketball Association (NBA) announced.

  In March the formation of NBA Africa, a new entity designed to conduct its business on the continent, including the Basketball Africa League (BAL). The NBA has a decade-long history in Africa and opened its African headquarters in Johannesburg in 2010.

  Obama will have a minority equity stake in the new venture, which over time he intends to use to fund Obama Foundation youth and leadership programs across Africa.

  “By investing in communities, promoting gender equality, and cultivating the love of the game of basketball, I believe that NBA Africa can make a difference for so many of Africa’s young people,” Obama said.

  “I’ve been impressed by the league’s commitment to Africa, including the leadership shown by so many African players who want to give back to their own countries and communities.”

  That’s why I’m proud to join the team at NBA Africa and look forward to a partnership that benefits the youth of so many countries,” Obama added.

  The NBA has focused on increasing access to basketball and the NBA through efforts like NBA Africa Games, the launch of the BAL, social responsibility, grassroots and elite development and corporate partnerships.

  The BAL, which features 12 of the top club teams from 12 African countries, is a partnership between the NBA and the International Basketball Federation.

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