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WATCH: 20 MVPs of Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA Saturday Mornings train with Vin Bhavnani

This past weekend (Jul. 31 - Aug. 1), the 20 MVPs of the Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA Saturday Mornings trained with Vin Bhavnani.

Bhavnani, a former assistant coach with the Oklahoma City Thunder from 2016-2020, had been with the franchise since 2008. Prior to being an assistant coach, he was the Manager of Advance Scouting/Player Development for five seasons and before that, he was the team's Video Coordinator for two years.

As part of the session, Bhavnani introduced and focused on seven-eight key development skills before ending with an interactive session with the MVPs. This session was one of two, as the 20 MVPs were going to represent the Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA in a joint session with their peers from Asia-Pacific.

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The 20 winners were selected as standouts from the Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA's 12-week live virtual series that spanned from Mar. 6 to May 22.

The series, hosted by Bryan Garmoth, featured NBA, WNBA and NBA G League players, legends and coaches engaging participants in skill development, leadership and life skills sessions every Saturday morning (IST).

Some of the notable guests included former NBA All-Star Roy Hibbert, current Sacramento Kings assistant Roy Rana, a 17-year NBA veteran and Olympic gold medalist in Sam Perkins, Kings 2020-21 Rookie of the Year finalist Tyrese Haliburton and Princepal Singh - the first-ever NBA Academy alumni to log minutes and score in the NBA G League.

WATCH: Every episode of RF. Jr. NBA Live Virtual Sessions

The 20 winners were spread out all across India with representatives in cities from Mumbai, Bangalore, Shillong, Pune, New Delhi, Chennai, Mysore and Raipur, to name a few.

Since its launch in 2013, the Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA 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.

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