NBA India Games 2019: 3,000 students to be invited for first game between Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers

  • 3,000 students from over 70 schools will be extended invitations for the first-ever NBA game in India.

  • NBA sides Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers will play two pre-season games on 4 and 5 October.

  • The NBA India Games will mark the first games that teams from a North American sports league will play in India.

The National Basketball Association on Thursday said 3,000 students from over 70 schools will be extended invitations for the first-ever NBA game in India to be played here next month.

NBA sides Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers will play two pre-season games on 4 and 5 October in front of students under the Reliance Foundation Jr NBA program. The invite will be for the first game while the second game will be open to fans who can buy tickets.

 NBA India Games 2019: 3,000 students to be invited for first game between Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers

Sacramento Kings' De'Aaron Fox will be one of the biggest names in attendance at the NBA India Games. AP Photo

The NBA India Games will mark the first games that teams from a North American sports league will play in India.

As part of Reliance Foundation's Education and Sports for All (ESA) initiative, the NBA will invite 3,000 boys and girls from more than 70 participating Reliance Foundation Jr NBA schools in Mumbai to attend the event.

"We are proud to provide young Indian boys and girls under the Reliance Foundation Jr NBA program with the opportunity to experience the first-ever NBA game in India," NBA deputy commissioner and chief operating officer, Mark Tatum said in a media release.

In addition to the games, the league and its partners will also host interactive fan activities, Jr NBA events, an NBA Academy India development camp for women and NBA Cares community outreach efforts benefiting fans of all ages across Mumbai.

Updated Date: Sep 12, 2019 15:02:23 IST