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NBA All-Star forward Howard to visit Uganda
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13:44, August 05, 2009

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NBA All-Star power forward Juwan Howard is expected among a few celebrated sports personalities to visit Uganda to promote basketball development, local media reported on Tuesday.

The Charlotte Bodcats player is coming next month under the auspices of Sprite and Miles and Associate, a South African-based company that promotes positive behavior amongst the youth.

"He will come here, talk to budding players and give them tips about the game. He is a good ambassador for the sport," Jamal Atkins, a project coordinator of the Miles and Associates, was quoted by the Daily Monitor as saying.

Coca-Cola, under the Sprite brand, have this year embarked on developing basketball in the East African country.

To start with, the soft drink manufacturers are holding regional camps to spot talent in the countryside.

The regional camps will climax with the selection of the best five players who will be taken to South Africa for a Basketball Without Borders (BWB) clinic in September.

"I have seen many players getting scholarships to American colleges after excelling at the clinic and I hope Ugandans will benefit, too," said Atkins.

"I have been here for one week, watched some games in the Zone 5 tournament and I realized that basketball is alive in Uganda," he added.

As a measure of strengthening the project, Coca-Cola will also upgrade and refurbish over seven basketball courts in the country.

Howard, who signed for Bodcats last year from Denver Nuggets, will be joined by other NBA stars at a later date as a follow-up program to the BWB.

Sorce: Xinhua

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