• 22 January 2020

NBA and Beyaz Gölge Launch First Year-Long Basketball School Program in Europe

NBA’s Youth Basketball Development Program in Partnership with Beyaz Gölge to be Held in İzmir, Turkey, December 7 – July 15

The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Beyaz Gölge, one of Turkey’s leading sports camps operators, today announced the launch of the first year-long NBA Basketball School in Turkey to be hosted at Suphi Koyuncuoğlu High School in İzmir, starting Dec. 7th. The organization of the program will be managed by Technical Director of the NBA Basketball School Turkey, Phil Galvin, while Burçin Badem will oversee its administrative management.

Open to boys and girls ages 6-16, the comprehensive curriculum covers weekly oncourt training, strength and conditioning, and basketball education for young players under the tutelage of NBA Basketball School coaching staff. NBA Basketball School is unique in its approach based on “the NBA way” of developing players in a structured program and environment focused on skill development and promoting positive values such as integrity, teamwork, respect and determination.

Registration for the NBA Basketball School is now open. To enquire regarding registration or request further information about the program schedule and pricing, please email info@beyazgolge.org.

As part of the existing partnership with the NBA and Beyaz Gölge two camps were held in Kartepe, Turkey in April 2018 and November 2019, under the NBA Basketball School umbrella featuring over 200 boys and girls. With today’s announcement, the program will expand to offer the first year-long NBA Basketball School in the region.

“Following the success of our previous camps, we are thrilled to be announcing the next stage in the program as we launch our first year-round NBA Basketball School in Europe,” said NBA Associate Vice President of Basketball Operations, Europe and Middle East, Neal Meyer. “We look forward to further developing the talented young boys and girls in Turkey as we build a pathway for the next generation of players from the region.”

“Turkey has great potential and is the perfect location for the NBA’s Basketball School program,” said NBA Basketball School’s Turkey Director Phil Galvin. “This country is an ideal base with its young population and general characteristics, so we expect that Turkey will quickly reach to a strong level among all countries with NBA Basketball School programs. After the successful camp programs, a consistent basketball school program will help to create an amazing atmosphere in this beautiful basketball city. We are proud and excited to announce our curriculum and staff team assembled with precision to our participants in Turkey. We believe that this is will be a great opportunity for athletes looking to take their talents to the highest levels of competition.”

‘’We are excited to announce that we have extended our partnership with NBA Basketball School until 2024’’ said Burçin Badem, founder of Beyaz Gölge: ‘’Our co-operation will produce great results for Turkey, and the future of the game in the region.’’

Galvin will be joined by an elite group of coaches from the NBA and Turkey. Following a successful collegiate basketball career at Mount St. Mary’s College in Emmitsburg, Maryland, he began his coaching career at The University of San Francisco where he spent five years as an assistant coach. With a coaching career spanning over two decades, Galvin is widely considered one of America’s top skill development instructors.

The NBA Basketball School curriculum, which is designed to develop players and provide parents, coaches and organizations a better understanding of the process of improvement, has been developed by the NBA’s Elite Basketball Development team in consultation with current and former NBA coaches, NBA players, and player development experts. The initiative adds an additional layer to the NBA’s existing basketball development efforts, including the Jr. NBA, Basketball Without Borders (BWB) and NBA Academies.

More information about the NBA Basketball School program can be found by visiting https://nbaacademy.nba.com/nba-basketball-school/

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About the NBA

The NBA is a global sports and media business built around four professional sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, the NBA G League and the NBA 2K League.  The NBA has established a major international presence with games and programming in 215 countries and territories in nearly 50 languages, and merchandise for sale in more than 100,000 stores in 100 countries on six continents.  NBA rosters at the start of the 2019-20 season featured 108 international players from 38 countries and territories.  NBA Digital’s assets include NBA TV, NBA.com, the NBA App and NBA League Pass.  The NBA has created one of the largest social media communities in the world, with 1.6 billion likes and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms.  Through NBA Cares, the league addresses important social issues by working with internationally recognized youth-serving organizations that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes.

About Beyaz Gölge

Beyaz Gölge was founded by Burçin Badem and Hakan Yavuz in 2000 and is now one of Turkey’s leading sports camps operators.  With the ambition of bringing together Turkey’s leading coaches and ambitious, talented young players, White Shadow has operated countless basketball camps in Turkey over the course of 15 years, working with leading basketball coaches across the country.  It also offers other services to young players and their families in advanced performance testing and mentoring.