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Upcoming International Exchanges


Tibetan Hoop Exchange
May 2019

Tour the region, participate in cultural exchanges, and join some of the area’s top men’s and women’s players on the court.

Tibet 3x3
September 2019

Immerse in the Tibetan culture and play alongside Buddhist monks and nomads from various clans in our annual 3x3 tournament.

Volunteer Opportunities
On-Going 2019

Join us on the Tibetan Plateau and help develop community initiatives, including basketball, in the nomadic region of Zorge Ritoma.


“Ritoma” Documentary

A 60-minute documentary on Norlha Basketball by Oscar-winner Ruby Yang


The Plateau

Hoops on the Roof of the World: On any given day 3,200m (10,500ft) high up on the vast Tibetan Plateau you will find nomads herding their yak and sheep and monks reciting their mantras. You will also find them playing one of their favorite sports: Basketball…


The Atlantic Magazine: “Tibet is Going Crazy for Hoops”

Norlha Basketball was featured in the Jan/Feb 2019 issue of The Atlantic

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The Team

Norlha Basketball’s semi-professional men’s and amateur women’s and youth programs consists of the nomads of the Zorge Ritoma region, the nomads-turned-artisans of the social enterprise Norlha Textiles, and an advisory board of local Buddhist monks.


Support Tibetan Basketball

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