Washington, D.C. – The Washington Wizards will host a 3-day grassroots basketball tournament - The Jr. Wizards Hoop Fest  - from March 29 to 31.  The 14u (8th grade) age bracket, for both boys and girls teams, will serve as a local qualifying tournament for the 2nd Annual Jr. NBA Global Championship – the winner of this age bracket will be automatically entered into the Mid-Atlantic Regionals.

The tournament will be a joint venture between the Wizards and Zero Gravity Basketball, the largest basketball events operator on the east coast.  Zero Gravity also runs the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Regional Jr. NBA Tournaments.

The Jr. NBA Global Championship is a first-of-its kind global youth basketball tournament for the top boys and girls teams ages 14 and under from around the world.  In showcasing the world’s top young talent, the Jr. NBA Global Championship is centered on four core values – teamwork, respect, determination and community – that will set a new standard in youth basketball development.  In collaboration with USA Basketball, the competition promotes standards of safe play as well as the proper training and licensing of coaches to enhance the experience for everyone involved.

The Jr. NBA Global Championship and the Jr. Wizards Hoop Fest will align with the NBA and USA Basketball Youth Guidelines, which promote health and wellness in several ways including recommending age-appropriate limits on the number of games that youth should play.  All coaches participating will be required to be trained and licensed by USA Basketball.