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American NBA reaches out to India with HIV/AIDS programme

By Staff

New Delhi, Jul 5 (UNI) As part of the National Basketball Association's community outreach programme, NBA Legend Sam Perkins today led Basketball Without Borders campers in an interactive seminar focusing on HIV/AIDS education and prevention at the American Embassy School here.

The seminar addressed HIV/AIDS myths and facts as well as the importance of living an active, healthy and safe lifestyle. The seminar was organised in association with the Modicare Foundation, which was set up in 1996 with the objective of preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS, enhancing awareness and erasing misconceptions surrounding the disease.

Later in the day, the NBA players - Pat Garrity, Linton Johnson, Kyle Korver, Ronny Turiaf, Sam Perkins and Dominique Wilkins - along with coaches dedicated an E to E (Education to Empowerment) Learning Centre featuring a technology centre with computers and networking donated by Tata Consultancy Services and a vocational training space funded by HSBC.

The E to E programme targets children and adolescent girls who are living on the streets and have dropped out of school. It aims to enhance skill development, introduce livelihood packages for income generation and help groom the participants to become self-reliant.

The Basketball Without Borders Asia camp is being held here from July 3-6. This camp marks the NBA's first event in India and has brought together the top 50 basketball players aged 19 and younger from across Asia to participate in basketball instruction and competition, led by current NBA players and coaches.

NBA Commissioner David stern said the camp such as these unites advesre group of people to initiate a global dialogue on important issues such as healthy living, education and HIV/AIDS.

Tomorrow, the junior NBA/jr WNBA programme will tip off its first-ever youth basketball clinic in India led by NBA players and coaches at Siri Fort.

Indian youth basketball players will have a chance to learn the fundamentals of the game and show off their skills as the NBA contingent leads them through drills and scrimmages.


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    Story first published: Saturday, July 5, 2008, 20:36 [IST]
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