Embassy Jakarta Teams Up with the NBA to Grow Basketball Interest in Indonesia

The U.S. Embassy hosted Jr. NBA coaches and Golden State Warriors power forward, Marreese Speights, at an NBA Cares event at the Embassy Annex on August 27th.  As part of an ongoing effort to use sports to reach underserved populations, 49 youth from local orphanages participated in passing and dribbling drills and went home with signed basketballs.  Mr. Speights and the Jr. NBA coaches are in Indonesia as part of the Jr. NBA’s efforts to help encourage the growth of basketball in Asia.  Over 20 media outlets covered the event and both the coach and Marreese Speights took questions about the NBA cares program and the cooperation between the embassy and the NBA.