Dallas Mavericks head coach Rick Carlisle will be a speaker at the fourth annual Jr. NBA Leadership Conference taking place May 15. The conference serves as a forum on the development of youth basketball and its practices.
Other guest speakers include Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, Doris Burke, former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy, University of South Carolina women’s head coach and Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Famer Dawn Staley and Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers, among others. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will provide the opening remarks. ESPN analyst and former Dallas Mavericks draft pick Jay BIlas hosts the conference.
“Like so many parts of the sports world, the youth basketball community has come together to assist one another during this challenging time, and we look forward to deepening the connection between youth coaches, families and the NBA and WNBA through this conference,” NBA Senior Vice President, Head of Youth Development David Krichavsky said in a statement. “We are excited to convene leaders from across the sports and public health sectors to lead meaningful and interactive conversations, discuss best practices in youth development particularly during times of uncertainty, and answer questions from basketball stakeholders around the world.”
Carlisle will participate in a coaches roundtable that features Staley, Rivers, Sacramento Kings assistant coach and former WNBA player Lindsey Harding, former WNBA player and Jackson County (Ga.) High School girls’ basketball head coach Christi Thomas and founder Brendan Winters of Pro Skills Basketball, a member of the Jr. NBA Flagship Network. They will discuss the state of the game and ways to support young athletes during this time.
This year’s event is different than in years past. It’s being held virtually for the first time and is free and open for the public to participate. You can watch the conference live on NBA App, NBA.com, Jr.NBA.com and across the NBA and Jr. NBA’s Facebook, Twitter and YouTube accounts on Friday, May 15 beginning at 11 a.m. Central Time.
Those interested in registering for the event can do so here.