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Champion Slam Time 2008

By on December 13, 2008 in FanZone

Champion has over the years built an impressive sports heritage and more specifically basketball heritage, over nearly 90 years since being first established in 1919 in Rochester, New York, USA.

Our long term partnership with FIBA, basketball’s global controlling body which runs to 2016, is but just one sign of this commitment to basketball and sport in general. The other partnership is our ongoing, 20 year old representation as exclusive licensee of the NBA Authentic game wear. As part of helping kick-start the sport of basketball and leveraging our basketball connection, we have Champion Slam Time.

  • Champion Slam Time is a fun filled experiential programaimedat creating an exciting event for all andeveryone can participate in it.
  • SlamTime seeks to create a platform for basketball lovers, spectators and players to express themselves. It’sfun, fast paced andenergy filled.
  • Slam Time free andanyone who thinks theyhave something special to share can join in the fun. It’s the ultimate people’s event. Oh andthere are great prizes to be won.
  • The category winners all go into the draw for the once in a lifetime opportunity to attend a NBA Live Tour event in Europe in 2009.
  • There willbe 3-on-3’s,3-pointshooting, there will be a specialquiz called”know your game” , the free-styling game for the outrageously skilled and unconventional.
  • We are also creating a special competition for the media; Championwill take onelucky member of the media on this trip chosen for being the biggest supporter of the sport of basketball.

We invite members if the media to come and cover the festive fun or let your readers/listeners know where to come and Slam. The events that are currently scheduled are:

  • Johannesburg , Burgers Walk, Michaelangelo Towers West Entrance (next to Fashion TV , Sandton) – 18-20 December 2008 from 12 noon to 3pm
  • Cape Town, St Georges Mall intersection Waterkant 15-19 December 2008 from 12h30 – 2pm

I have attached the leaflet being distributed with all the information you need to know about this event. For more information you can also visit our website for the latest news on this and more. This event is also proudly supported by Fashion TV, Sneakers, ESPN and Pimp Juice.


Information supplied by Sgwili Gumede

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  1. Setlogelo says:

    I wonder how the above basketball extravaganza went.

    Since it is probable that Victor does not have reports allow me to share words which will act to rebuke us, the basketball people.

    Brands are a critical element of any event. Without their involvement, such entertainment prospects fail. One such example is the PBL. Elsewhere, Joe commented that it was a “farce”. I say it was a farce. (Notice the difference.)

    I believe that the event would have been sustainable if all the sponsorship money went into marketing the comeback of the professional league. In any successful sport, a large part of money goes into promoting the event to all the publics. When you account to the sponsors, you are then able to show them where their money went. The money went into conversations with the key stakeholders, the consumers.

    In this way, we allow the general public to be aware of the commercial brand, not necessarily basketball. It is not about basketball. Sponsorship money must always serve the objectives of the sponsoring brand.

    But we do not talk about the brands that support basketball, do we. Unless the above event was planned to fail.

    We let ourselves down by not talking about a Champion basketball event. Champion wants us to talk about them. It is about them. Consider this, how many advertisements from sponsored events are not about the sponsoring company?

    I begin my crusade for Professional basketball today. Therefore I appeal to all of you to help the basketball leadership prove that basketball is a force in South African Sports. We do not have to take leadership positions to serve the game. In fact the most useful people are us, those who do not have positions in leadership. Let us assist in making a better future for basketball athletes, that in turn we may enjoy watching their athletic intellect and skills.

  2. Dumisani says:

    I am a basketball player, been a player for more than a decade now … I have noticed that in countries like SA, we neglect alot of development. As a result I have taken matter intoi my own hands byu starting up a basketball team in my township, where most of us come from.

    In Cape Town, for example, we have Khayelitsha which is bigger than the CBD, and only to mention this big township, there are more townships around the country that are filled up with potential. We as players, have ignored that as we tend to forward responsibilities to “who knows who cares”.

    Champion, I salute you for the initiative and I give my support to your programmes, furthermore, I request some focus on the townships and help REVIVE basketball in our communities. for more on what we (Kahuthando) do … we need you to expand.