After two days of Pool Play featuring three games for every squad, there were no games scheduled on Day 3 (August 8) of the Jr. NBA Global Championship 2019 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando.
Day 3 was all about giving back to the community and a fun evening with the Jr. NBA Global Championship Skill Night, presented by Gatorade.
For the first half of the day, the Indians, like the rest of the squads, put on their NBA Cares tshirts for the Jr. NBA Day of Service:
🇮🇳 Team India at #JrNBA Day of Service! 🇮🇳#JrNBAGlobalChampionship pic.twitter.com/3EtIYZQ5kS- Jr. NBA (@jrnba) August 8, 2019
Players and coaches across all squads were at Helping Others Make the Effort in Kissimmee, dedicating a new basketball court.
They spent much of the morning painting, gardening and refurbishing a basketball court.
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The Jr. NBA World Championships also gives an opportunity to the coaches to learn.
On Thursday (local time), Rick Carlisle, 2011 NBA Champion and 2002 Coach of the Year, was in attendance along with Dallas Mavericks assistant Jenny Boucek with the coaches for a teaching clinic:
🗣 @dallasmavs Head Coach Rick Carlisle mentions how important "unstructured time" can be for young athletes' development! #JrNBAGlobalChampionship pic.twitter.com/LuqsGpjYyW- Jr. NBA (@jrnba) August 8, 2019
In the evening's festivities - the Jr. NBA Global Championships Skills Night, presented by Gatorade, India were represented by Shomira Bidaye in the 3-point shooting contest among the girls and Sachin Yadav in the skills challenge competition.
Looking ahead to Day 4 (August 9), which tips-off the Bracket Play, here's how the brackets look:
As we head into Bracket Play, take a look at the draw for both the U.S. & International Boys and Girls!- Jr. NBA (@jrnba) August 8, 2019
Who's path do you like the best now that the bracket is set? 🤔#JrNBAGlobalChampionship pic.twitter.com/r1N9QOuwHC
The Indian boys will take on their Canadian counterparts at 3:30 AM IST (August 10) while the girls will take on their Canadian counterparts at 6 AM IST (August 10).