Basketball and India

Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program returns to India with 12-week live series

The National Basketball Association (NBA), last week, announced the return of the Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program for boys and girls across India.

The 12-week live series, which will be conducted via Zoom and is free to anyone who wants to attend, tipped off Saturday, March 6 with a live Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA clinic hosted by Chicago Sky guard Sydney Colson of the WNBA.

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The series will feature NBA, WNBA and NBA G League players, legends and coaches engaging participants in skill development, leadership and life skills sessions every Saturday morning IST.

Two-time NBA All-Star Roy Hibbert will host the next live Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA clinic Saturday, March 13.

Returning for the eighth consecutive year, the Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program is a comprehensive youth development initiative that aims to develop the game at the grassroots level and apply the core values of basketball - teamwork, respect, determination and community - to positively impact the lives of boys and girls in India.

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Since its launch in 2013, the program has reached more than 11 million youth from more than 13,000 schools across 34 cities and has trained more than 13,000 physical education instructors nationwide.

In previous years, former NBA Academy India alum like Pranav Prince, Siya Deodhar, and Ann Mary Zachariah have participated in the Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA.

During the 2019-20 season, the NBA and its teams reached 14.5 million youth around the world through in-person events and clinics, before transitioning to virtual programming and online youth basketball development events that have generated more than 210 million views from youth players and fans in 118 countries.

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