– Tipped Off 1st Reliance Foundation Jr NBA Elite National Camp in Greater Noida on May 4 –
– Sim Bhullar will visit Amritsar and Chandigarh to Inspire and Coach Indian Youth –
Noida, May 05, 2015 – Sim Bhullar visited Greater Noida yesterday to promote the growth of basketball in India. The first NBA player of Indian descent aimed to inspire children to stay active and healthy by playing the game. The 7’5” center helped train the top 140 youth from across India who participated in the Reliance Foundation Jr NBA program, the NBA’s premier grassroots event, at Jaypee Greens Integrated Sports Complex, Greater Noida.
“I am very excited to travel to India to see firsthand how basketball’s popularity has grown and to meet young basketball players across the country,” said Bhullar. “Hopefully sharing my story will help inspire young Indians to pursue their dreams on and off the court, just as I have.”
Sharing their expertise with the participating youth were men’s national team guard Vishesh Bhriguvanshi, former international players Sambhaji Kadam, Mohit Bhandari, Shiba Maggon, Divya Singh, Sunita Suren, former youth national coach Paramdeep Singh, coach Francesco Garcia, strength and conditioning coach Tommy H, Sr. Director Basketball Operations, NBA Troy Justice, Assistant Vice President (AVP) Basketball Operations, NBA China, Greg Stolt and Sr. Director, Basketball Operations of India, Carlos Barroca.
The 22-year-old Bhullar first traveled to Mumbai on May 2 to interact with fans. He also appeared on Sony SIX’s IPL Extra Innings show on Sunday, May 3. Today, Bhullar will travel to Amritsar to visit the Golden Temple and Pingalwara, a home for individuals suffering from incurable and terminal diseases. Bhullar’s family will make a charity contribution to the home. On May 6, he will visit Chandigarh to conduct a Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA clinic for 150 children at New Public School. Sim Bhullar will then return to Noida on May 7 to celebrate the final day of the Reliance Foundation Jr NBA Elite National Camp.
About Jr NBA Elite National Camp
The inaugural Reliance Foundation Jr NBA Elite National Camp is being held in Noida from May 4-7. The camp consists of skills training, competitions, games, fitness training and team building exercises. It is the culmination of the Reliance Foundation Jr NBA program that promotes health, fitness and an active lifestyle through basketball.
Since 2013, the program has reached more than one million youth in 1,000 schools in eight cities. The NBA has also trained more than 1,000 PE teachers, and donated more than 15,000 basketballs and 300 rims to partner schools. As part of the program, NBA legends Bruce Bowen and Muggsy Bogues and WNBA players Swin Cash and Tamika Catchings have visited Indian cities to conduct basketball clinics for players and coaches.