The National Basketball Association (NBA) and TEMES today announced a multiyear agreement for TEMES to launch an NBA Basketball School in Costa Navarino.
The tuition-based basketball development program for Costa Navarino guests and aspiring basketball players ages six and up will cover on-court training, skill development and basketball education for all skill levels, and will tip off in May 2023 with weekly, one, three and five-day packages. Participants will receive an NBA Basketball School-branded t-shirt and certificate and will have the chance to win a range of prizes. The program marks the NBA’s first collaboration with a privately-run hospitality and sports destination in Europe to launch a Basketball School.
NBA International Basketball Operations staff will be onsite on Thursday, June 8 to celebrate the collaboration with a special event featuring on-court programming and appearances by current or former NBA players. Registration for activities beginning May 15 is open now at costanavarino.com/nba-basketball-school.
“We’re thrilled to expand our sports offering and collaborate with the world’s preeminent basketball association,” said TEMES Managing Director Stephanos Theodorides. “The prestigious NBA Basketball School program will enhance Costa Navarino’s position as a leading sports destination globally, renowned for top quality services and authentic experiences. This agreement creates a strong proposition for both young and adult players, combining a world-class coaching program with exceptional hospitality and leisure facilities in a unique year-round destination.”
“We’re excited to tip off this collaboration with Costa Navarino as part of our continued commitment to growing basketball at the grassroots level in Greece and across the region,” said NBA Associate Vice President of Basketball Operations, Europe and Middle East, Neal Meyer. “Our goal through this program is to inspire and create more opportunities for players of all ages to learn the fundamentals and core values of the game, including teamwork, leadership and respect.”
The NBA Basketball School curriculum, which is designed to develop players and provide parents, coaches and organizations with a better understanding of the process of improvement, has been developed by the NBA’s International Basketball Operations department in consultation with current and former NBA coaches, players and player development specialists.
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On the heels of the recently announced NBA Basketball School in Costa Navarino, a celebratory event took place on Thursday, June 8 to commemorate the unique collaboration. NBA Legend Joakim Noah, along with NBA Executives and NBA International Basketball Operations staff, were present to mark the occasion. The special event included on-court programming and interaction with 13-year NBA veteran Joakim Noah, an autograph session and basketball clinics focused on the fundamentals of the game including footwork, ball-handling, shooting, team concepts, and halfcourt 3×3 competitions. The Larry O’Brien Championship Trophy was also on display to coincide with the 2023 NBA Finals currently taking place featuring the Denver Nuggets and the Miami Heat.
“Learning the fundamentals and values of the game from a young age is so important in order to develop the core skills needed to improve,” said NBA Legend Joakim Noah. “I look forward to seeing the NBA Basketball School at Costa Navarino inspire future generations and develop the stars of tomorrow!”
“We welcome the NBA Basketball School in Costa Navarino and are excited to work with such an inspiring team. This unique program gives aspiring basketball players of all ages, the opportunity to build skills and character, while enjoying exceptional hospitality and leisure facilities”, said TEMES Managing Director, Stephanos Theodorides.
The NBA Basketball School in Costa Navarino is open to ages 6-18 and adults and marks the league’s first collaboration with a privately-run hospitality and sports destination in Europe. Since the program’s launch less than a month ago, more than 500 families have already expressed interest in participating, with spots filling up quickly. The world class NBA coaching program is available in one to six-day packages and covers court training, skill development and basketball education for all skill levels.
Developed by the NBA’s International Basketball Operations department in consultation with current and former NBA coaches, players, and player development specialists, the curriculum is designed to develop players while also providing parents, coaches, and organizations with a better understanding of the process.
Participants can join the program when booking their stay at The Westin Resort, Costa Navarino, The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort, W Costa Navarino and Mandarin Oriental, Costa Navarino (opening in August).
Costa Navarino is a sustainably driven destination in the Mediterranean, located in the Greek region of Messinia in the southwest Peloponnese. One of the most unspoiled and breathtaking seaside landscapes, this region is shaped by 4,500 years of history. The Costa Navarino philosophy is driven by a genuine desire to preserve the natural beauty and heritage of Messinia. The destination comprises several distinct sites featuring five-star hotels, private residences, four signature golf courses, and many year-round activities. Navarino Dunes is home to The Romanos, a Luxury Collection Resort, The Westin Resort Costa Navarino, and Costa Navarino Residences. Navarino Bay is set to welcome Mandarin Oriental, Costa Navarino, in the summer of 2023. The nearby Navarino Waterfront is the setting for the new, vibrant W Costa Navarino and will welcome the Navarino Agora, an open marketplace, in summer 2023, while at Navarino Hills, two signature golf courses, opened in 2022.