Babykutty, Press Release: The Jr. NBA programme returned to Kerala with a bang for its second year at an event inaugurated by V Manohara Prabhu, Secretary, Regional Sports Center at Rajiv Gandhi Indoor Stadium. More than 175 PE Teachers took part in this two day ‘Train the Trainers’ Programme, an increase in 75 schools than the last year, Carloss Barroca, who takes over NBA’s Basketball Operations in India replacing Troy Justice, was here in Kochi for the first time and to instruct the PE teachers in the programme.
The ambitious programme is a massive step forward to tapping the inner basketball potential of hundreds of thousands of Indian basketball players through the easiest medium: PE and sports classes in their schools. For the 2014-15 season, the programme gets even bigger and better, after being held in Mumbai, Kochi, and Kottayam last year.
For the past 35 years, Carlos Barroca carved up a legendary career as a leader in the game of basketball back in his home nation of Portugal. Now, he gets the opportunity to bring in that experience and leadership qualities to carve up a new legend in India. He has served as the head coach of the Portuguese Basketball Federation and the national U-20 squad, and has joined the NBA’s Basketball without Borders programme as a guest coach since 2006. Following his time on the sidelines, Barroca was appointed as National Director of High School Sports Programme and selected as a member of the Supreme Council for Sports as well as the Olympic Committee of Portugal. Barroca also served as a consultant for Adecco, a Swiss HR company, S.A., where he promoted team building and motivation in corporate HR.