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Dwyane Wade chosen as ambassador for Jr. NBA World Championship

Cavaliers guard Dwyane Wade will serve as a global ambassador for the Jr. NBA World Championship youth tournament, according to a release from the league.

Wade will serve alongside WNBA All-Star Candace Parker at the tournament that will take place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World from Aug 7-12 this summer.

“I am excited to serve as a global ambassador for the Jr. NBA World Championship,” said Wade via press release. “Basketball means so much to me and my family, and I look forward to helping the NBA improve the game at the youth level for the next generation of players from around the world.”

The tournament will feature the top boys and girls teams ages 14 and under from around the world. Sixteen regional champions will head to Orlando, with eight U.S. and eight international teams.

“The Jr. NBA World Championship represents another significant step in our effort to promote youth basketball globally,” said NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. “And in addition to high-level competition on the court, participants will learn from NBA and WNBA veterans and coaches the values of the game and the most appropriate training techniques.”

Wade is in his first season with the Cavaliers and has really grown in his role running the second unit. There has been plenty of discussion about the possibility of him being chosen as Sixth Man of the Year as he averages 11.3 points, 3.6 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game.

Ashley is a former basketball player who covers the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indians and high school sports for NEO Sports Insiders. She also covers the Cavs for SB Nation's Fear The Sword. Ashley is a 2015 graduate of John Carroll University and previously worked in political journalism. You can follow her on Twitter @AshleyBastock42

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