Mumbai, Oct 5 : NBA, Pacers and Kings on Saturday laid foundation for Legacy Project at the BMC Marathi School at Sitaram Mills Compound here on Saturday.
NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum, Sacramento Kings Chairman and Governor Vivek Ranadive, Indiana Pacers’ Steve Simon, NBA Legend Dikembe Mutombo and NBA India Managing Director Rajesh Sethi laid foundation for Legacy Project here on Saturday.
The NBA, Indiana Pacers and Sacramento Kings – in partnership with American India Foundation (AIF) – will support five under-resourced Municipal schools in Mumbai with technology equipment, trained teachers, a basketball court, and improved infrastructure capacities.
"I think the NBA and its family have created a platform for so many people to follow, as an example and a model. I am really happy with the work the NBA is doing, especially with its players and owners. We are making the world a better place. We are teaching our kids the game of basketball. It's very important that the kids learn how to play the sport in a healthy and safe environment," said Mutombo at the sidelines of the event.
The 53-year-old NBA legend who has a foundation dedicated to improving the health, education and quality of life said, he always wanted to give back something to his home country Congo once he became a professional basketball player.
Mutombo also expressed that India has the platform for basketball to become one of the top sports in the country. "We've seen basketball grow in China and Philippines. We are not looking to take over cricket here, but the youngsters should have a chance to decide which sport they want to play,” said the Hall Of Famer. (UNI)