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NBA to host Basketball Summer Camp at Mission Hills Haikou

2018-06-19

Eight-time NBA All-Star Alex English to make the trip to Hainan Island

Summer Camp extended to three weeks following success of the inaugural CNY Camp

[Haikou, China – 19 June 2018] NBA China and the Mission Hills Group have announced that the second NBA Basketball Camp will be hosted at Mission Hills Haikou this summer from July 24 to August 14.  Naismith Basketball Hall of Famer and eight-time NBA All-Star Alex English will make the trip to Haikou and interact with the kids on August 7 and 8.

The first NBA Basketball Camp in Haikou was hosted in January when more than 100 students participated in the four-day camp. Following the success of the inaugural camp, the Summer Camp will be extended to three weeks.

Juniors aged six to 18 will be trained on the fundamentals of the sport, learning the same skills and drills that are practiced by the top players of the game. Away from the camp, the children and their families will enjoy the facilities on offer at the luxury Mission Hills resort, including China’s first Wet’n’Wild water park which opened last month.

As a member of the Denver Nuggets in the 1980s, English was the first NBA player to score more than 2,000 points in eight straight seasons. He scored 25,613 career points and was elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1997.

The basketball camp at Mission Hills, the world’s largest fully-integrated resort, follows the announcement in 2017 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.

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. 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.

Opening later this year, 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 - Highlights from the inaugural NBA Basketball Camp in Haikou, China in February 2018