HP, others to parner junior NBA/WNBA school-based programme in India

22 May,2012

By A Correspondent


The National Basketball Association (NBA), in collaboration with HP and Basketball Federation of India (BFI), announced that it will launch the 2012 Jr NBA/Jr WNBA basketball development program in India on May 26.  The program will reach out to approximately 10,000 students and 800 coaches in five cities and marks an important step in incorporating basketball into the regular sports routine of India n youth at the school level.


BFI and HP will support the Jr NBA/Jr WNBA program and enhance the experience for India n youth throughout the event. Adidas is the official outfitter for the program and will provide apparel and footwear for participants and coaches.


“The Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA program demonstrates the NBA’s commitment to growing basketball at a grassroots level and will reach more children in its second year as one of the league’s most inclusive programs in India ,” said Akash Jain, Sr. Director, Development, NBA India .


The program will visit Delhi , Chennai, Mumbai, Pune and Chandigarh, and will culminate with the Jr NBA/Jr WNBA Skills Challenge National Finals in Delhi on July14-15.  The NBA has now implemented sustainable grassroots programs in seven cities in India .


A dedicated Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA microsite on NBA.com India  will provide all coaches and physical education instructors access to videos, photos and other materials to reinforce proper training technique. HP will provide laptops and Dream Screens to enhance the training experience.  An HP Technology Zone will be created at each City Championship and the National Finals where fans can create their own basketball player with the NBA Avatar game.


“With a very strong focus on the youth of the country, Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA will help create yet another platform with the NBA to reach our young and active audiences while promoting the game of basketball,” said HP India Chief Marketing Officer, PSG, Ranjivjit Singh.


At the center of this program is the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Skills Challenge, which begins with a City Championship tournament in all five cities with approximately 2,000 participants between the ages of 10-12 in each city. The top five boys and top five girls will qualify to represent their city at the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA National Finals.


Since 2008, the NBA has staged grassroots programs in seven cities in India including the Mahindra NBA Challenge which has become the largest, multi-city, community-based basketball league in India .  Six live NBA games air each week during the regular season on Ten Sports, Sony PIX, Sony SIX and NBA.com/India , and the NBA currently has its widest assortment of NBA merchandise available in 200 adidas stores across the country.


The NBA has marketing partnerships in India with Adidas, Coca-Cola, HP, Mahindra, Nike, Reebok and Spalding.


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