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JAY-Z Tips Off Inaugural World Basketball Festival
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JAY-Z Tips Off Inaugural World Basketball Festival
August 13, 2010

JAY-Z Tips Off Inaugural World Basketball Festival

International sport and culture blend over four days in August across Manhattan.

BEAVERTON, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Last night, the 2010 USA Basketball World Championship Team and music mogul and multi-platinum selling recording artist JAY-Z put on electrifying performances at legendary Radio City Music Hall in New York, tipping off the inaugural World Basketball Festival.

The World Basketball Festival is a four-day celebration of the performance and culture of the game, an event that NIKE, Inc. (NYSE:NKE) has committed to reprising every two years. The action runs August 12-15, and features basketball’s leading brands within the NIKE, Inc. portfolio – Converse, the Jordan Brand, and Nike Basketball.

The basketball and musical performances were streamed live on Facebook at while highlights are available online at and ESPN2 ran a tape-delay of the basketball performance last night.

From Radio City Music Hall, the action moves uptown to New York City’s legendary basketball courts at Rucker Park in Harlem, Friday and Saturday, August 13 and 14. Rucker Park will be home to open-air practices and scrimmages by National Teams from Brazil, Puerto Rico and France. Performances by some of the best DJs in the country will take part throughout the weekend while adult playground leagues and youth teams from New York, China, and Brazil will be playing over the two days.

The World Basketball Festival concludes Sunday, August 15 with an exciting exhibition double-header featuring the United States taking on France (1 p.m. EDT) and China meeting Puerto Rico (3:30 p.m. EDT) at famed Madison Square Garden. The exhibition games are being utilized as part of the teams’ preparation for the 2010 FIBA World Basketball Championship in Turkey, August 28 to September 12. Both games will air on NBA TV and ESPN2.

In addition to his performance at Radio City Music Hall, JAY-Z has joined forces with Nike to create an iconic collection of Air Force Ones – the All Black Everything collection inspired by the World Basketball Festival. Nike has donated the shoes to the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation who in turn have linked up with eBay on a charity auction where the five unique pairs will raise funds for its mission to provide financial assistance to promising individuals upon acceptance into any accredited institution of higher learning.

One hundred percent of the funds raised will support the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation. The charity auction began on August 12, and bidders can visit to enter a bid. Only two pairs of each of the five designs will be created, one for the winning bidder and one for the man behind the design, JAY-Z. The charity auction began on August 12, at 9:00 a.m. EDT and ends on August 22, at 9:00 a.m. EDT.

About NikeNIKE, Inc. based near Beaverton, Oregon, is the world's leading designer, marketer and distributor of authentic athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories for a wide variety of sports and fitness activities. A division of NIKE, Inc., Jordan Brand is a premium brand of footwear, apparel and accessories inspired by the dynamic legacy, vision and direct involvement of Michael Jordan. Wholly owned Nike subsidiaries include Converse Inc., which designs, markets and distributes athletic footwear, apparel and accessories; Cole Haan, which designs, markets and distributes luxury shoes, handbags, accessories and coats; Umbro Ltd., a leading United Kingdom-based global football (soccer) brand; and Hurley International LLC, which designs, markets and distributes action sports and youth lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories. For more information, visit

About USA BasketballBased in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA Basketball is a nonprofit organization and the national governing body for men's and women's basketball in the United States. As the recognized governing body for basketball in the United States by the International Basketball Federation (FIBA) and the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), USA Basketball is responsible for the selection, training and fielding of USA teams that compete in FIBA sponsored international basketball competitions, as well as for some national competitions. For more information about USA Basketball, visit

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