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NBA CHINA BASKETBALL CAMP TIPS OFF IN HAIKOU

2018-02-05

[Haikou, China – 05 Feb 2018] Budding Chinese basketball players are honing their skills under the guidance of NBA coaches, following the official opening of NBA China’s first Basketball Winter Camp at Mission Hills Haikou.

 

The four-day NBA Basketball Winter Camp tipped off today at the world-renowned Mission Hills Haikou resort on China’s Hainan Island. Juniors aged six to 18 will be trained by NBA-assigned coaches on the fundamentals of the game, learning the same skills and drills that are practiced by the top players in the game.

The basketball camp at Mission Hills, the world’s largest fully-integrated resort, follows the announcement last September that Mission Hills Group and NBA China have agreed a multiyear partnership to design, develop and operate China’s first NBA Basketball School as well as an NBA interactive experience and store on the international tourism island of Hainan.

Five-time NBA Champion and 18-time NBA All-Star Kobe Bryant was in Haikou for the announcement: “I am excited to celebrate the great partnership between NBA China and Mission Hills Group. The Chinese youth will benefit from a complete approach to player development that combines NBA-quality coaching with NBA-level training. I believe this partnership will lift the game of basketball to a higher level in China.”

The NBA Basketball School at Mission Hills Haikou will be open to male and female players, from junior level to professionals. Work on the facility has already begun and will be completed in 2019.

The school will include six indoor courts and other state-of-the-art facilities. Mission Hills Group will be responsible for designing and building the school, while NBA China will operate and staff the facility with NBA-trained coaches and provide the basketball development curriculum. NBA players and legends will visit the school to provide additional instruction and help foster player development.

The NBA interactive experience and store will be located at Mission Hills Centreville, a 240,000-square-meter shopping and entertainment complex located within the 22-square-kilometre Mission Hills Haikou resort. The NBA interactive experience and store will be a multimedia exhibition and retail space celebrating the league’s history and providing fans with a broad assortment of merchandise for men, women and kids, including jerseys, fan apparel, basketballs and accessories.

 

Photos – officials from NBA China, Mission Hills Group and local Government attend the opening ceremony for NBA China’s first Basketball Winter Camp in Haikou on Hainan Island.