The NBPA Returns to Andalucia to Host “The Sanctuary”, a Performance Retreat for Players

The NBPA Returns to Andalucia to Host “The Sanctuary”, a Performance Retreat for Players

NBPA members will return to Andalucia, Spain this summer for a unique training and cultural experience

NEW YORK, NY, March 27, 2023 – The National Basketball Players Association (NBPA) is pleased to announce it is partnering for the second year in a row with the Ministry of Tourism and Sports of Andalucia, Spain to host “The Sanctuary”, a performance retreat for players.

Through this partnership, the NBPA and a group of its members will visit the region again this summer for a retreat comprised of basketball and cultural activities. The players will stay in Andalucia and hold training sessions at the Training Center Higueron, called “The Embassy”, in Fuengirola, Spain, a brand-new state-of-the-art facility that overlooks the Mediterranean Sea.

During the retreat, NBPA members will also have the opportunity to engage in activities off of the basketball court, allowing them to explore Andalucia and learn more about the rich culture and history of the region.

“In our efforts to create more growth opportunities for our players globally, Andalucia has proved to be the perfect destination for 'The Sanctuary', said Matteo Zuretti, the NBPA’s Chief of International Relations & Marketing. "The infrastructure, the local culture and the community's overall hospitality made all the difference last year, as we brought together players from ten different countries for this unique retreat. We are excited to partner again to deliver an elevated high-performance training experience in Europe for our players, who aim to travel with purpose during the off-season.”

José María Arrabal, the Secretary-General of Sports for Andalucia, expressed his happiness in having the NBPA and its players return to Andalucia: “Last year's experience was terrific for everyone, and we are delighted to team up with an Association we deeply respect and appreciate. The players who visit us to train will be more than welcome and I am convinced that the experience will be great for them and will leave a great legacy in grassroots basketball.”

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