– Bowen to Conduct Basketball Clinics in Four Indian Cities to Inspire and Train Young Talents –
MUMBAI, Oct. 29, 2014 – NBA Legend Bruce Bowen will travel to India from October 31 to November 6, on a week-long promotional tour to support the continued growth of basketball and to connect with fans in the country. Bowen will travel to Kolkata, Gurgaon, Chandigarh and Ludhiana to conduct basketball clinics for players and coaches and interact and engage fans at two of the NBA’s premier events in India, NBA Jam and the Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program.
Bowen, a 6-7 small forward from Merced, California, is a three-time NBA Champion with the San Antonio Spurs (2003, 2005 & 2007) and was named to the NBA All-Defensive First Team on five occasions (2004-2008).
“We are committed to the growth of basketball in India and Bruce Bowen’s upcoming visit is another step forward in this endeavor,” said Yannick Colaco, NBA India Managing Director. “Our goal is to continue providing aspiring young players with the opportunity to interact with NBA talent and we’re thrilled to have such an accomplished NBA legend serving as an inspiration to our youth.”
“I understand that the popularity of basketball is growing rapidly in India and that more and more children are picking up the game,” said Bowen. “I can’t wait to experience this for myself and to help train and interact with the promising young talent the country has to offer.”
Bowen will make his first stop in Kolkata from October 31 to November 1, where he will engage with students at St. Xavier’s College as part of NBA Jam powered by Jabong.com. From Kolkata, Bowen will travel to Gurgaon on November 2, where he will participate in a special fan engagement event at Cyber Hub, where fans across the NCR region will have the chance to meet Bowen, win exclusive NBA merchandise and witness NBA-style entertainment. From there, Bowen will visit Chandigarh on November 4 to participate in the next leg of the NBA Jam at Punjab University. Bowen will make the last and final stop of his tour in Ludhiana on November 5 to 6 at the Guru Nanak Stadium during the Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA City Finals, where he will work with standout young players and coaches from across Punjab.
Since 2006, more than 30 active and retired NBA and WNBA players have visited India with the NBA including Muggsy Bogues, Chris Bosh, Swin Cash, Pau Gasol, Robert Horry and Dwight Howard.
The 2014-15 NBA Regular Season tips-off on October 28, 2014. Official NBA Broadcaster Sony SIX will televise a total of 14 live games per week. For the latest news and updates, follow the NBA on Twitter at www.twitter.com/NBAIndia and Facebook at www.facebook.com/NBAIndia. For all things NBA, visit www.nba.com/india. Visit www.rf.jrnba.com for more information on the Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program. Go to www.jabong.com/nbajam for more information on NBA Jam.