American Indian Foundation, NBA partner for grassroots programmes

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American India Foundation (AIF) and the American Basketball Association have come together for a series of grassroots community, youth basketball and elite development events in Mumbai. This joint ‘Legacy Project’ will transform the educational experience of hundreds of Mumbai’s most under-served students for years to come.

The National Basketball Association (NBA) will begin a series of grassroots community, youth basketball and elite development events and programmes set to impact thousands of young people, teachers, coaches and families across Mumbai.

This comes ahead of The NBA India Games 2019, which will be played between the Kings and Pacers at Worli in Mumbai on October 4 and 5.

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Throughout the week, NBA Cares, Jr. NBA, Her Time to Play and NBA Academy programming will feature basketball clinics, community impact projects and special events.

These programmes are designed to encourage physical fitness, inspire play, empower women and girls and create sustainable, technology-equipped spaces to support STEM education for kids of all ages, a media release said.

Continuing and expanding these initiatives ahead of The NBA India Games, the NBA, Pacers and Kings will support five under-resourced municipal schools in and around Mumbai, including Sitaram Mill Compound BMC Marathi School, where league and team executives and former NBA players will break ground on a new basketball court on October 5.

Students and teachers will have access to new smart classrooms, STEM Resource Centres and a robotics lab outfitted with new technology, digital STEM curriculum and training, and improved infrastructure for school facilities, as well as the newly-constructed basketball court.

Additionally, Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA programmes will be launched at each school for both boys and girls, it said.

“Our mission is to use basketball as a platform for good and we are thrilled to partner with the American India Foundation to invest in the education and growth, both physically and mentally, of youth in India,” said Kings Chairman, CEO and Governor Vivekd Ranadiv.

“We are excited to partner with the American India Foundation to support the health, wellness and education of under-served youth in Mumbai,” said Pacers Chairman, CEO and Governor Herb Simon.

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