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Sprite Slam finale on

NAIROBI, Kenya, August 11- The third edition of Sprite Slam comes to an end on Saturday August with national finals at the University of Nairobi Sports Grounds.

Winning teams from the regional tournaments in Kisii, Kisumu, Eldoret, Mombasa, Meru and Nairobi will participate in the games that kick off in the morning.

The teams will contest the chance to compete in the East African challenge against counterparts from Uganda, Tanzania and Mozambique on September 15.

National finals titleholders will also qualify for an opportunity to attend an exclusive training camp with top players from the NBA.

Two of the best individual players will acquire the opportunity to attend an exclusive training camp in South Africa. The two players will be selected by Glen Rice, a retired NBA basketball player whose career with LA Lakers spanned 15 years.

“I am delighted to be part of Sprite Slam finals as I try to identify two of the best players to take to South Africa for an intense basketball training camp.’

Since the tournament began on June 11, a total of 217 teams among them high schools, tertiary institutions and clubs have participated in both men and ladies competition.

The final leg of regional competitions is set to take place on Friday 12th August as teams from Nairobi and environs contend for a chance to play in the national finals.

“Sprite Slam continues to be a valuable platform for the youth in grassroots to develop their basketball and urban expression talents.

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“The regional tours have been insightful for us in terms of what more we can do to grow interest and access towards the sport not only in Kenya but also in East Africa and we look forward to an intense edition next year,” Bob Okello, External Relations Manager at The Coca –Cola Company said.

In the current edition; teams were clustered into two main categories – Under-16’s and open category with a special focus on dunking, shooting, random shots and 3 point games.

The Sprite Slam Tour, which targets the 16 to 24 year age group, is sanctioned by the Kenya Basketball Federation.

1. Kisii – Air Patrol (men)
2. Kisumu – Hoop Champs (men)
3. Eldoret – Team 21 (men)
4. Mombasa – Sprite Team (men)
5. Meru – Blazers (men)

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