NBA opens its first academy in India

first_imgThe National Basketball Association (NBA) on Tuesday opened its first academy in India, confident that it will help the sport grow in the country.An elite basketball training center at Jaypee Greens Integrated Sports Complex here was officially thrown open for the upcoming male and female talent of the country.Twenty-one elite male prospects, who were selected following a three-month nationwide talent search, will receive scholarships and training at NBA Academy India.The launch was attended by NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum and NBA India Managing Director Yannick Colaco.NBA Academy India will employ a holistic, 360-degree approach to player development and will also focus on education, leadership, character development and life skills.As part of the program, the students will compete against tough rivals throughout the year and will have an opportunity to be selected for travel teams that play in international tournaments and exhibition games.”The opening of our first academy in India is an important milestone in the NBA s efforts to grow basketball in India and demonstrates our commitment to developing talent and shaping the game s future here, said Tatum.”These 21 young athletes and those who will attend this academy in the years to come will receive world-class coaching and training to help them fulfil their potential on and off the court.”Three experienced coaches have been selected to guide the development of the players at the state of the art facility.Ray Farrell, who has coached at the collegiate level in the U.S. and conducted basketball camps internationally for 36 years, will serve as Technical Director and will oversee all aspects of on-court and off-court development.advertisementJacques Vandescure, a former professional player and former NBA scout who has coached across Africa, will serve as the Player Development Coach.Todd Gates, a former coach at the NCAA Division I level for 10 years, will serve as the Strength and Conditioning Coach. WNBA Legend Jennifer Azzi will be the Technical Director of the girls program.The opening follows the launch of academies in Hangzhou, Jinan and Urumqi (all China), Thies (Senegal); and the planned launch of NBA Global Academy in Canberra (Australia).last_img read more

Dr Phil Helps Baby Paralyzed By Teen Drunk Driver

first_imgDr. Phil stunned his unsuspecting guests, Jacob Wallis and Lucy Verde, with a new car during yesterday’s Dr. Phil Show.The young couple appeared on the show through the efforts of the Passion 4 K.I.D.S. charity to share their heartbreaking story of how their 18-month-old son, Izaiah, was internally decapitated and permanently paralyzed by an illegal and uninsured teen driver who was both drunk and high when he lost control of his car, violently crashing into the baby who was on the sidewalk being wheeled in his stroller by his grandpa on the way to the park.After discussing their $1 million plus medical bills and daily struggles for Izaiah’s survival, Dr. Phil presented the couple with a brand new, top-of-the-line Acura Hybrid. In addition, he told how he was so saddened by this story that he was creating a page for Izaiah on the Dr. Phil Foundation website so that viewers around the world could contribute to help him at which point Dr. Phil kicked off the fundraising with a $10,000 contribution from the Dr. Phil Foundation.Passion 4 K.I.D.S. has been helping Izaiah’s family since the accident and reached out to the Dr. Phil Show in an effort to have the family share the consequences of drunk driving during this holiday season in particular. While on the show, Izaiah’s parents spoke to the teen who paralyzed their son for the first time ever. Izaiah has severe brain damage, is paralyzed from the chest down, is on a ventilator with a feeding tube, tracheotomy and ilieostomy.To learn more about Izaiah’s story, click here.Source:PR Newswirelast_img read more

Welcome the faithful

first_imgSharadotsav, a three-day Maha Raas Leela festival is being organised in the Capital that opens on 6 October. The festival presents the Nritya Natika – in Kathak and Brindaban Braj Raas style on the auspicious occasion of Sharad Purnima.This venture is based on 10th chapter of Shrimad Bhagwad Gita and inspired Late Kamla Devi Chattopadhyay. The production is the culmination of extensive research and authentic imbibing of the Brindaban Braj Raas under expert gurus in the art. It’s been 37 years this dance ballet came into being. Uma Sharma, the renowned Kathak exponent has done pioneering research work on the Raas dance and drama of Brindaban. Over a decade ago she studied the technique under the guidance of Pt Ladli Sharan Sharma the octogenarian authority on the style. She has now evolved a fine blend of Kathak and Raas Leela for her annual presentation of Maha Raas at Sharad Utsav.last_img read more