(APIA) Samoa) – Samoa Basketball has taken a few steps forward by launching the historic Professional League of the Samoa National Basketball Federation to promote the game and improve the level of competition in the country.
Determined to improve the country’s program on all fronts, the Samoa National Basketball Federation will inaugurate a new league comprising four conferences in the hope of finding future national teams and possible country representatives in different international leagues.
“We are teamwork. We are family. We are basketball,” is the slogan of the SNBA Professional League according to League operations manager Steven Schuster.
“We are looking to stimulate local talent and at the same time, create a path for local players as they strive to become the best players here or even abroad,” said Schuster.
The professional league will have the four men’s and women’s teams in four conferences namely Eastern, Central, Pasefika (Pacific) and Western Conference.
The league will run for eight weeks for now with big plans to expand to more locations and clubs in the future.
“We’re excited but at the same time nervous because it will be different territory for us. It’s a story in the making,” Schuster joked.
The launch of the Samoa Professional League is just an addition to its continued innovations across all levels of its programs, highlighted by a Her World Her Rules (HWHR) girls basketball camp for 6- 15 years recently launched.
He has also established programs in local and school programs, from children to students, as part of the Samoa Basketball Academy.
But more than that, Samoa is hoping to get more support to continue with its long-term agenda.
“We are looking at adding more teams in the future, but the main focus right now is to sell the idea to the business community to attract sponsors,” said Schuster.
“I hope this part of local basketball history for a professional league will be sufficiently exposed for our players and help develop basketball,” he added.