Indian Basketball delegation visits US

Washington: As part of the people-to-people exchange program, a 14-member delegation of Indian basketball coaches begin their 10-day trip to US friday.

The delegation will meet with US basketball coaches, work with young American athletes, participate in a basketball clinic with Special Olympics athletes and engage in activities focused on team building and injury prevention.

For the final days of their program, the delegation will travel to Orlando, Florida to attend NBA coaching clinics and sessions surrounding NBA All-Star 2012.

The program is held under the Basketball Sports Visitor Exchange by Department of State`s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the National Basketball Association (NBA). The event marks SportsUnited`s second basketball exchange with India.

Earlier in February last year, NBA Hall-of-Famer George Gervin and six-time WNBA All-Star Katie Smith had traveled to India as part of the US Department of State`s sports diplomacy program.

In partnership with the Department of State, 42 NBA and WNBA players and coaches have visited 20 different countries since 2004, where they have conducted basketball clinics for thousands of young boys, girls and coaches.