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ACG-NBA JUMP: A DREAM COME TRUE FOR BUDDING INDIAN BASKETBALLERS

- Satnam Singh to Launch Program in Delhi on Oct. 26

- Top Youth Player will be selected for the NBA Development League tryouts

MUMBAI, Oct. 21, 2015 - As part of their vision and continued commitment to promote sports activities in India, the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the ACG Worldwide Group (ACG) today announced the launch of ACG-NBA Jump, India's first basketball National Basketball talent hunt tour. The program is an opportunity for basketball players from around the country and will identify a pool of elite basketball players in the age group of 18-22 years. One top player from the program will receive the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to tryout in the NBA D-League in June 2016. Satnam Singh - the first Indian-born player to be drafted into the NBA - will flag off the program at the Thyagraj Sports Complex in Delhi on Oct. 26.

"We strongly believe in the potential of India's youth and believe in empowering them through Sport'' said ACG's Director, Mr. Karan Singh. "ACG NBA Jump is an equal opportunity program for many who are talented but simply do not have access. This program is part of ACG Cares Foundation, and we are sure that with more programs like this, India's basketball teams will have a richer talent pool to choose from. With the help of such programs we are confident that India's performance on international platforms such as Olympics and Asian Games will definitely improve. This initiative will also facilitate penetration of an active sport such as basketball in far-flung regions of India and encourage the youth to take up basketball as a serious sporting option."

"ACG-NBA Jump is the next step in our continued commitment of growing the game of basketball in India." said NBA India Managing Director Yannick Colaco. "With Sim Bhullar becoming the first player of Indian descent to play in the NBA and Satnam Singh becoming the first Indian-born player to be drafted into the NBA, basketball playing youth in India now have relatable figures to look up to and this program will give them the opportunity of a direct path to the professional ranks."

ACG-NBA Jump will be first-of-its-kind initiative in basketball in India for all NBA aspirants. An open-for-all opportunity, the initiative will be broken up into three phases. In the first phase, six regional elite camps will be held for one day in six different cities: Delhi, Chandigarh, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata. The second phase will consist of a national elite training camp where 32 players selected from across the six regional camps will assemble for a four-day period of training. In the third and final phase, one top player from the national elite training camp will be selected for the opportunity to attend an NBA D-League tryout in June 2016. The selected player will undergo an intensive training program with NBA-certified coaches prior to his NBA D-League trial.

Sony SIX, the official broadcaster of the program, will create a feature around NBA Jump, following the program through its various stages and tracking the winner up until his D-league tryout.

Visit www.acgnbajump.com to learn more about ACG NBA Jump. Fans can follow the NBA on Facebook (facebook.com/NBAIndia) and on Twitter (@NBAIndia) and download the NBA App for the latest news, updates, scores, stats, schedules, videos and more.


About the NBA:
The NBA is a global sports and media business built around three professional sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, the Women's National Basketball Association, and the NBA Development League. The league has established a major international presence with offices in 13 markets worldwide, games and programming in 215 countries and territories in 47 languages, and NBA merchandise for sale in more than 125,000 stores in 100 countries on 6 continents. NBA rosters at the start of the 2014-15 season featured a record 101 international players from 37 countries and territories. NBA Digital's assets include NBA.com and NBA Mobile, which achieved record traffic during the 2014-15 season, as well as NBA TV. The NBA is the No. 1 professional sports league on social media, with more than 875 million likes and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms. Through NBA Cares, the league addresses important social issues by working with internationally recognized youth-serving organizations that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes.

About ACG Worldwide
ACG Cares Foundation is a community service platform for the ACG Worldwide Group. The ACG Worldwide Group is a leading provider of pharmaceutical machinery and products to pharmaceutical companies around the world. ACG is a global leader in hard two piece capsules shells. The group comprises of 14 companies, including subsidiaries in China, USA, Indonesia, Brazil, Thailand and Europe. ACG has 15 manufacturing facilities and more than 4000 associates working around the world. ACG Cares foundation endeavors to positively impact lives in communities around our facilities. Besides working on promotion of sports, skill and educational development of youth, ACG Cares has a strong focus on healthcare in communities and on solving specific problems such as drinking water issues and medical aid in affected areas. Children's education and health are a substantial part of the ACG Cares work.

About D-League:
The NBA Development League is the NBA's official minor league, preparing players, coaches, officials, trainers, and front-office staff for the NBA while acting as the league's research and development laboratory. Featuring 18 teams with direct affiliations with NBA franchises for the 2014-15 season, the league offers elite professional basketball at an affordable price in a fun, family-friendly atmosphere. Players like Jeremy Lin, C. J. Watson, Chris Andersen made their NBA careers after coming through the grind of D League.

 

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