BASKETBALL Fiji received $20,000 from Goodman Fielder yesterday to host this year's Tuckers Ice Cream National Secondary Schools Basketball Championship.
The championship, which will be held from August 26 to 29 in Suva, will have 61 teams participating.
Basketball Fiji development officer Laisiasa Puamau said the tournament would have more than 700 students playing.
He said secondary schools competition was an integral part of their development program and had produced some top players in the past.
Basketball Fiji ambassadors Milika Koyamainavure, Valerie Nainima, Letava and Marcus Whippy who are based overseas have come through the secondary schools competition.
Last year's Marist Brothers High School under-19 skipper Mataika Koyamainavure, who leaves the country this Sunday to join US-based IOWA Community College, is also one of the ambassadors.
Basketball Fiji president Ioane Naivalurua said the support from Goodman Fielder had helped grow the competition level in the secondary schools division.
He assured the sponsors that the funds will be invested to further improve the sport in the country.
"The central theme for Basketball Fiji is more than just basketball. It's an opportunity to keep young men and women in court but more importantly for us to grow them and make them better and useful citizens of Fiji."
Goodman Fielder general manager Chris Zaayman said they were proud to be associated with Basketball Fiji and sponsor the championship for the fifth consecutive year.