One of NBA's shortest players, the 5ft 3 inch Muggsy Bogues teaching kids in Kochi. Bogues played 10 seasons in the NBA before hanging up his boots just over a decade ago.

One of NBA’s shortest players, the 5ft 3 inch Muggsy Bogues teaching kids in Kochi. Bogues played 10 seasons in the NBA before hanging up his boots just over a decade ago.

Babykutty/Press Release/Kochi, February 6 2014: The Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program has received an immense response in Kochi with spirited participation of around 1000 children and active support of schools and parents. The presence of NBA Legend Muggsy Bogues was an added source of inspiration for young fervent players in India from schools across Kochi and Kottayam. The program will conclude with a City Championship on Saturday at the Sacred Heart CMI Public School in the city.

“This is my second time to India and the game is definitely growing quickly,” said Bogues. “The Reliance Foundation and the NBA along with the support of Kerala Basketball Association are conducting a great program and it is an honor to help teach basketball to kids.”

The Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program has featured more than 5,000 in-school basketball sessions along with 11 after-school basketball sessions which have provided youth the opportunity to learn from four NBA-supplied certified international coaches who have overseen the program, trained local coaches and conducted clinics.

The program provided training to over 130 physical education instructors/coaches and more than 100 schools were provided with resources to promote participation and a healthy, active lifestyle. NBA-supplied coaches trained these local coaches and each received a ‘Basketball in a Bag,’ which contained a localized coaching guide, cones, whistles, a stopwatch, posters, and an air pump. In addition, more than 2,500 basketballs were provided to participating schools in order to give youth an opportunity to learn and enjoy the game of basketball.

More than 100 schools and 80,000 youth have participated in the Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program since it began in November in Kochi and Kottayam. The  Championship will mark the culmination of three competitions that have been taking place across the city.

More than 100 schools and 80,000 youth have participated in the Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program since it began in November in Kochi and Kottayam.

More than 100 schools and 80,000 youth have participated in the Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program since it began in November in Kochi and Kottayam.

The final day will have the semi final of girls and finals of the 5×5 team competition when Rajasree Aluva will take on the CMI Public School Thevara in the boys final. In the girls’ section, the winners of the match between Mount Carmel HSS Kottayam and Christ Vidyanikethan will take on the winners of Little Flower HSS Koratty and St Josephs GHS Alapuzha.

On the final day, the boys and girls 3 on 3 event and the finals of the Hot Shot individual shooting competition will be scheduled. The 3 on 3 event will feature all quarter final matches, semi final and finals in under 13 as well as in under 16. The finals of the Hot Shot individual shooting competition will see 60 finalists who have qualified from the 450 participants  in Under 10, Under 13 and under 16 categories. From these final 60 players, one boy and girl will be crowned as the best shooters in the city.

Schedule for the Final Day (Saturday, 8th February 2014)

Ø  7.30am – Girls Semi Finals

  • Mount Carmel Kottayan Vs Christ Vidhyanikethan
  • Little Flower Koratty Vs St Josephs GHS Alapuzha

Ø  8.30am to 10 30am

3 on3 Pre quarter finals, Quarter Finals and Semi finals on both basketball Courts

Ø  11.00 to 11,30 am Hot Spot Finals

Hot Spot Finals

Ø  11.30 am to 12.30am City Championship Girls and Boys Finals 5on5

Ø  12.30 pm to 1.00 pm Prize Distribution

Names of Hot Shot qualifiers 

Hot Shot Girls

U10
Sarah Ann Philip YMCA Kottayam
Joanne Marianne
Nora AKM
Hunaina Rahim St Josephs Alapuzha
Rebecca Mathew Lourdes PS
Stella Toc H
Anu CMI School
Sreelaxshmi KPM School 

U13

Ann Maria LF Koratty

Agnes Maria St. James
Sama Endra KPMVHSS
Mariyam Joseph Choice School
Devika Smith Marthoma Public
Ann Mariya Joseph Matha Nagar
Amy Mathew Christu Jayanthi
Rose Mary S T Alapuzha
Jumi Tatu Rajagiri P S
Maria Yesudas Toc H
Aleena Paul Christ Vidyaniketan

 

U16
Sneha Thomas CSH KTM 

Miriam Joseph The Choice School
Arsha Merin Joseph SH Public School
Neha Mathew Gregorian
Angelina Teresa Mount Carmel
Christina (no school)
Mary Agnes St Johns
Shabanna Rajagiri
Allena Seby LF Koratty 

Hot Shot Boys

U10
Regal Jose Rajagiri PS
Paul Thomas LF Koratty
Akhil Michal Ephrems
Joel Anthony Toc H Public
Rasheen S Lajanath
Pranav Prasad KPM
Vishnu R Janaseva
Joel Jackson Rajagiri
Nandu Don Bosco Palurthy
Jacob Philip YMCA
Johny Varghese Good Shepherd
Mohd. Shiyas Najath PS 

U13
Christeen Thomas LF Koratty
Ponnose Thomas Girideepam
Royash Pius Don Bosco
Shaun Luez SH CMI School
Kevin John St. Paul’s
Abhijith Ashokan St John’s
Simon C SH Mount
Jarbin Shuji Carmel
George Mathew SH Changanassery
Joseph Xavier Maths Nagar
Nathan Joseph Toc H
Anunda A St Joseph 

U16
Jenson Ullattil Global Public
Jomel Jose Nava Nirman
Thushar Rajagiri
Samor Joseph Greets PS
Joshria George SH CMI
Amol Monsi BCRS
Arunshaji LF Koratty
Nikhil Matto Gregorian PS
Noel St Pauls
Steve Bert DePaul

Gopalakrishnan R
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