Ahead of the first NBA game that India will be hosting on Friday, an event ‘Her Time to Play’ was hosted by NBA to help young girls across sectors to actively engage with basketball. Republic TV spoke to the girls participating in this event at Mumbai and learned about their excitement to discover new things. The girls said that they were happy to learn “new techniques and drills”. Women’s NBA Legend Ebony Hoffman and NBA great Detlef Schrempf were present at the event to train and guide the girls.
A young girl participating in the event spoke to Republic TV and said, “I feel excited and I feel really good that I got an opportunity to come here”. When asked about pursuing basketball professionally she said, yes. Another girl at the event was exhilarated to learn from the women NBA legends. She said, “This training was very special for me. NBA coaches from abroad came here and taught us new things. We got to talk to them, we had fun. They taught us new techniques and drills, there were many values in this camp. It was very exciting”.
Speaking about Friday’s game between Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings, she said, “I am very excited for the game on Friday, there are two teams abroad teams that will play here. It's like professional, seeing them play we can visualize them and make our game strong. I will be supporting Indiana pacers for the game on Friday”. A group of children also said that “We are very excited. We love playing basketball. All the energy around here, all this training helps us in becoming a good NBA player. All of us want to become a professional NBA player”.
India is all set to host its first NBA game in Mumbai on October 4 and 5. The game will take place in the SVP Stadium at Dome, NSCI, in Mumbai. While the NBA fans in India gear up to witness the live match, the team Sacramento Kings are getting a grand entry into the country via, Air-Drake. A few days ago, on Saturday, The Gateway of India was lit colourfully in hues of red, green and blue which are the colours of the NBA logo. The special decoration was to build up anticipation for the upcoming game.