–       One of WNBA’s greatest players will pass on tips to participating children

–       Will visit Chennai later for the culmination of the second year of
Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA programTamika Catchings

MUMBAI, INDIA, January 21, 2015 –WNBA Champion Tamika Catchings will tip off the city’s second Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA Championship on January 28th at the Dominic Savio School in Andheri East which will see youth from schools all across Mumbai participate.

The City Championship marks the culmination of three competitions that have been taking place across the city.  There will be a finals of the 5×5 team competition featuring the top eight boys and girls teams from across the city; a 3×3 team competition featuring over 150 teams; and the finals of the Hot Shot individual shooting competition, which will see one boy and girl crowned as the best shooters in the city.

“It is an honor to travel to India on behalf of the Reliance Foundation and the NBA to help teach basketball to young boys and girls in India,” said Catchings.  “It is exciting that the sport I love is taking off in India and I am looking forward to working with these kids.”

One of the best all-around players in the WNBA, Catchings was the 2012 Finals MVP, thTamika Catchings 2e same year her team, the Indiana Fever, won the WNBA title.  A year before that, Catchings was the league MVP, in 2011.  Catching was the WNBA’s MVP in 20122, is a nine-time WNBA All-Star, and also has won the Defensive Player of the Year five times (2005, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2012).  Catchings also has the distinction of winning three consecutive Olympic golds, 2004, 2008 & 2012, with the U.S. Women’s National Team.

The Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA initiative is a comprehensive youth basketball program, which uses the positive values of the sport to engage and impact the lives of Indian youth.  It focuses on inspiring youth to play and living a healthy, active lifestyle.  Basketball is a great form of exercise that teaches youth valuable life lessons such as teamwork, sacrifice, discipline, dedication and sportsmanship.

Vishnu Ravi Shankar
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