|The Naismith Trophy|
The Naismith Trophy will be touring Europe from April through July this year as part of a World Tour in the build up to the FIBA Basketball World Cup.
On Thursday 10 April, with its flagship event less than 150 days away, FIBA resumes the Trophy Tour as the Naismith Trophy embarks on a journey to travel around the world and make stops in the countries of a number of participating national teams at Spain 2014.
On the European leg of the tour, which has already taken in the NBA All-Star weekend in the United States, the trophy will be on display in Italy, Slovenia, Serbia, Greece, Turkey, Croatia, Finland, Lithuania and France.
At each stop, FIBA, the host national federation and the event partners will use the presence of the Naismith Trophy to promote the World Cup and the participation of the host national side in it with a rich programme of activities aimed at celebrating basketball, including: enabling fans to have their picture taken with it; displaying it publicly in landmark locations; having it appear on television; inviting past and present national team players to appear with it while also sharing their memories and expectations for this summer's World Cup.
Prior to Europe, the Trophy Tour tips off with an American leg that starts in Puerto Rico's capital of San Juan and the city of Ponce (Thursday 10-Sunday 13 April), followed by stops in Mexico City, Mexico (Tuesday 22-Wednesday 23 April) and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Tuesday 29-Wednesday 30 April).
Additional Trophy Tour stops in Asia and Africa are planned for late July and early August with the exact dates and cities to be confirmed.
Here is the current schedule of the Trophy Tour.
10-13 April - San Juan, Puerto Rico
22-23 April - Mexico City, Mexico
29-30 April - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Trophy Tour/Road Show 2014
15-18 April - Milan, Italy
23-25 April - Ljubljana, Slovenia
30 May-1 June - Belgrade, Serbia
6-8 June - Athens, Greece
13-15 June - Istanbul, Turkey
20-22 June - Zagreb, Croatia
4-6 July - Helsinki, Finland
11-13 July - Palanga, Lithuania
18-20 July - Paris, France
Updates, exact locations and information about the Trophy Tour can be found on www.fiba.com/spain2014.