ORLANDO, FL: The Jr. NBA World Championship officially got under way on Sunday with the Tip-Off Ceremony at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, at Disney World in Orlando, Florida.
The event got underway as players and coaches from all over the world gathered on the court in front of family and friends to celebrate the beginning of the tournament.
Back stage, before the ceremony got underway, a massive dance party broke out with players from every region sharing a memorable experience bonding through their love of music.
A game of knock-out got underway right after everyone was in the gym. One player from every team lined up and competed against each other. In the end, Harrison Stones from Asia Pacific Boys came out victorious.
Current NBA star Andre Drummond and former WNBA player Jennifer Azzi took questions from the players. Zhengxin Sun asked Drummond what tips he had for becoming a high quality post player. Drummond responded with a chuckle, and added that any player needs dedication to their craft and the determination to succeed.
Drummond finished a nasty dunk after a player from each team helped move the ball down the court for the ceremonial first basket.
Jr. NBA World Championship dancing super star Bhavik Garg won a dance contest by stealing the show in front of his fellow players.
The event was capped off by some one-on-one action between Drummond and players from all different teams.
Following the Tip-Off Ceremony, players and coaches made their way to Magic Kingdom to take part in a parade and park day.
For many players, the first day of events was surreal. Kalen Cobb of the Mid-Atlantic Boys said he would not have made it to this point without the help and support of his mentors, especially his mother, who is head coach of the women’s basketball team at Howard University.
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Credits: Matthew Kruth