Grand Rapids Gold to Host “Back To Basketball” Youth Clinic to Kick Off 2021-22 Season

By Grand Rapids Gold | September 9, 2021

Free clinic is a G League-wide event to celebrate the return of basketball

GRAND RAPIDS, MI (September 9, 2021) – The Grand Rapids Gold, the NBA G League affiliate of the Denver Nuggets, will host a “Back to Basketball” Youth Clinic on Thursday, September 16, to kick off the 2021-22 season. The event, held at the Salvation Army Kroc Center in Grand Rapids and in conjunction with NBA G League teams across the nation, will allow 75 kids ages 8-14 to participate in a free basketball clinic alongside staff from the Grand Rapids Gold, with an appearance by new coach and NBA champion Jason Terry.

“Our team can’t wait to bring basketball back to Grand Rapids this fall,” shared Steve Jbara, president of the Grand Rapids Gold. “This event allows us — and all NBA G League teams across the nation — to rekindle support while sharing a sport we love with kids in our community.”

WHAT: “Back to Basketball” Youth Clinic
WHEN: Thursday, September 16, at 5:30-7:30 PM ET
WHERE: Salvation Army Kroc Center
2500 Division Avenue South
Grand Rapids, MI, 49507
WHO: Kids, ages 8-14 years old, plus staff from the Grand Rapids Gold
WHY: Grand Rapids is getting “Back to Basketball” with a Youth Clinic run by members of the Grand Rapids Gold. The free “Back to Basketball” Youth Clinic is a G League-wide event celebrating the return of basketball. It will include a 45-minute clinic, plus an opportunity to meet and greet members of the Grand Rapids Gold and Buckets, the Grand Rapids Gold mascot. Music, snacks, and entertainment will be provided.

Register online here to secure your spot.

The NBA will officially begin the 2021-2022 season on October 19, with the G League following soon after.

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About the NBA G League
The NBA’s official minor league, the NBA G League prepares players, coaches, officials, trainers and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league’s research and development laboratory. Featuring a total of 29 teams with 28 teams having direct affiliations with NBA franchises ahead of the 2020-21 season, the league offers elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family friendly atmosphere. A record 45% of all NBA players at the start of the 2020-21 season boasted NBA G League experience. In fostering the league’s connection to the community, its teams, players and staff promote health and wellness, support local needs and interests, and assist in educational development through NBA Cares programs.

About the Grand Rapids Gold
The Grand Rapids Gold are a member of the NBA G League and affiliated with the Denver Nuggets. The organization is committed to providing an elite level of basketball to the West Michigan community, while also investing in and contributing to the West Michigan community. The team is owned by SSJ Group LLC. For more information about the organization, visit and follow the team on its social media channels.

About The Salvation Army Kroc Center
The Salvation Army Kroc Center is a full-service fitness and community center located on South Division Avenue between Burton and 28th Streets. With a 105,000-square-foot building on 20 acres of land, the Kroc Center features an aquatics center with indoor waterpark, two-court gymnasium, indoor track, worship & performing arts center, in addition to state-of-the-art exercise facilities. Please visit for more information.

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