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THOROLD, ON – A ground-breaking partnership has been announced between the Niagara River Lions and Slovakian basketball team BK 04 AC LB Spišská Nová Ves, a member franchise of the Slovak Extraliga – the highest professional basketball league in Slovakia.
The significance in the announcement marks the first time that the River Lions will venture overseas to partner with a sport franchise. The River Lions and Spišská Nová Ves will support one another to promote the sport of basketball around the globe.
Slovakia has long embraced basketball with the nation’s basketball teams being well-respected and represented around the world.
“I look forward to learning more about their basketball ideologies. From my end, I’m a big fan of international basketball and how they play the game, so it will be interesting to hear what their coach has to say in this regard,” said Grâce Lokole, River Lions Head Coach.
“I expect a lot of synergies between the two programs, and I think that is what has led us to this announcement. The National Basketball League of Canada has worked to gain respect in the international basketball community over the past half-decade, and this is definitely a step in the right direction on that front,” said Niagara River Lions Manager of Corporate Partnerships & Sales Josh Knoester.
From the agreement, a bridging of ideas and passion for basketball will be shared to advance the sports growth where the River Lions will use their resources to generate awareness and support of basketball in international markets and of local grassroots programs.
The River Lions would like to wish BK 04 AC LB Spišská Nová Ves the best of luck during their season in the Slovak Extraliga, which is set to begin October 8.