The National Basketball Association (NBA) will start a series of grassroots communities, youth basketball, and elite development events and programs to affect tens of thousands of young men and women, teachers, teachers and households around Mumbai before the NBA India Games 2019, the institution announced on Monday.
The first-ever NBA match in India is going to be played before 3,000 youth from engaging Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA schools, if the Kings and Pacers accept the court on October 4 in the Dome, NSCI, SVP Stadium at Mumbai.
Continuing and expanding the initiatives before the NBA India Games, the NBA, Pacers and Kings will encourage five under-resourced municipal colleges in the vicinity of Mumbai, such as Sitaram Mill Compound Marathi BMC School, in which team and league executives and former NBA players can break ground on a brand new basketball court on October 5. In partnership with the American India Foundation (AIF), this combined Legacy Project will alter the educational experience for countless Mumbai’s most underserved students.
Pupils and educators will have access to fresh Smart Classrooms, STEM Resource Centers and a Robotics Laboratory equipped with brand new technologies, electronic STEM curriculums, and instruction, and enhanced infrastructure for school centers, in addition to the newly-constructed basketball court. NBA programs will be established at every college for both girls and boys.
“We must work with basketball as a platform to get great and we’re thrilled to partner with the American India Foundation to spend in the education and development, both physically and emotionally, of childhood in India,” said King Chairman, CEO and Governor Vivek Ranadivé.
“I believe in the transformative power of sport and it’s a huge honor to help bring the match to the nation where I had been raised as the NBA continues to expand its reach in India and throughout the world,” he added.