Feb. 8, 2010

NCAA Release

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind., Feb. 8 -- iHoops, the official youth basketball initiative of the NCAA and NBA, announced today that Kevin Weiberg, chief executive officer, will be leaving to become deputy commissioner and COO of the Pac 10 Conference. The iHoops Board of Directors will assume Weiberg's responsibilities as it conducts its search for a new CEO.

iHoops has achieved several significant milestones throughout its first year, including signing Nike, adidas, and Right Guard as founding partners, establishing grassroots programs to encourage participation in the sport and provide information on the value of education, the collegiate recruiting process and eligibility rules, and launching ihoops.com - an essential resource for players, coaches, officials, parents, and youth teams at all levels. iHoops also established a program partnership with the Amateur Athletic Union to endorse iHoops' educational and basketball programming efforts.

"We wish Kevin all the best and want to thank him for his leadership. In the last year, he established iHoops, built a great team and created partnerships that will provide essential resources for young basketball players and coaches," said NBA Commissioner David Stern. "The NBA and NCAA share an unwavering commitment to iHoops and to building on the momentum created by Kevin, and his team, to provide a strong foundation for the continued development of youth basketball in America."

"Kevin has done a tremendous job getting iHoops up and running through this crucial opening phase, which has been our priority to assure its longevity. He is a leader who clearly understands the variety of challenges in the youth basketball environment," said Jim Isch, NCAA interim President. "We salute Kevin and are pleased his considerable skills and talents are returning to intercollegiate athletics. We look forward to the continuing work of the iHoops leadership team alongside the NBA and the growing number of entities committed to long-term improvement of the youth basketball environment."

"I am extremely proud of the results we have achieved in the past 12 months," said Weiberg. "I want to thank the NCAA and the NBA, the Board of Directors, and the entire iHoops staff for their commitment to supporting the long-term growth of the game and their efforts to improve youth basketball for boys and girls, parents, coaches, and officials."

With basketball currently the number one U.S. participatory team sport with 23 million American boys and girls playing the game, iHoops provides a renewed emphasis on the health and safety of youth basketball participants. The initiative's online community and network of events plays a vital role in the game's continued growth.

Board members for the iHoops initiative include Duke University men's basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski, NCAA Senior Vice President of Basketball and Business Strategies Greg Shaheen, NBA Deputy Commissioner Adam Silver, NBA Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President of Social Responsibility & Player Programs Kathy Behrens, and attorney and college basketball television analyst Len Elmore.