Final preparations are underway on Windrush Square, Brixton, for glabal sports event just a month before the Olympic Games.
Brixton is the home of British basketball. It’s where Chicago Bulls All Star Luol Deng learned his skills with London’s longest-running basketball club – the Topcats – and this Saturday 30 June he’ll be back to support the World Basketball Festival in Brixton.
A host of free basketball activities will take over Windrush Square throughout the day and in the evening there will be a £5 concert at the 02 Academy, with all proceeds going to the Luol Deng Foundation.
The concert will be headlined by Big Boi from Outkast, supported by local hip hop talent Dot Rotten and Angel. The Miami Heat street band and UK dance crew Unity will provide extra entertainment alongside a showcase of ‘mindblowing dunks’ too.
The event has been organised in association with Nike, youth social marketing company Livity and the Brixton Topcats.
The Topcats have been through a hard time lately with the recent death of one of their team members, Ithiel Bilson Graham, at just 20 years’ old. That said, they played more confidently than ever earlier in the month to secure a place in the semi-finals of the London Youth Games, also on Saturday.
Topcats, Deng and several members of Team GB will be on hand during the day to teach basketball skills and enthuse kids to play.
For more information go to www.worldbasketballfestivalbrixton.com