NBA vs.CBA in DG

0814_SCENE_NBA vs. CBA in DGFor the first time, basketball stars from the NBA and CBA are going to play against each other in the “Basketball City.” On August 31, the 2014 Yao Foundation Basketball Game, an annual event championed by NBA superstar Yao Ming, will be held in the new Dongguan Basketball Center in Liaobu Town. NBA stars Tony Parker, Shane Battier, George Hill and CBA greats Yi Jianlian, Zhou Peng and Li Muhao will headline the arena’s first nationally-aired event, and the last official game of Battier’s illustrious career.

Founded in 2008, the Yao Foundation raises funds to build Hope Primary Schools throughout the country and improve the basketball facilities in preexisting schools. The Hope Primary School Basketball League is a major program that trains students and organizes basketball matches. It has organized the charity basketball game for three years in Beijing and moves to the south for the first time.

Dongguan has organized a charity basketball game between the Southern Tigers and the Dongguan Leopards each October since 2010 as the highlight of a series of charitable activities. This year that matchup will be replaced. Speaking of the new host city, in a media conference on July 17 Yao said, “The basketball environment in Dongguan is very strong. Not only because it houses two top CBA teams, but also because of its grassroots appreciation of the sport in the communities and factories. I’m quite inspired.”

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