The World Basketball Festival is coming to Chicago for the first time.
Events will take place August 13-17 at the 63rd Street Beach and will feature members of the 2014 USA Basketball Men's National Team.
The 63rd Street Beach House will pay homage to the game of basketball both from a global and Chicago-perspective and will tell heritage and innovation stories, showcasing historic footwear and apparel to current iterations. In addition, several Chi-League games will be played at the Beach House featuring some of the cities greatest basketball players. Chi League 3v3 will be introduced and have open registration for August 14-16 games and the Chi League pro-am finals close out with weekend on August 17.
New Orleans' power forward and Chicago native Anthony Davis will be at the forefront in giving back to his hometown through various retail and clinic appearances.
“Home to a rich basketball culture that has created a number of basketball legends, Chicago is a natural fit to host the third-annual World Basketball Festival,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “We’re excited to partner with Nike and USA Basketball on this exciting project; this festival complements the variety of other Nike and Chicago Park District basketball programs available to help Chicago’s youth build skills that will be essential both on and off the court.”
Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose will be a participant for Team USA's minicamp, which runs from July 28 through Aug. 1. The roster will be brought down from 20 to 22 players down to 12 by the time the training camp makes its stop in Chicago.
According to a report from the Tribune, Rose is displaying both explosion and speed during full court scrimmaging, which he has been taking part of for the last month at the Bulls' Berto Center.
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