Horace Grant's Visit to Shanghai Shangnan E. Middle School

September 18th, 2017

On Sept. 15th, four-time NBA Champion Horace Grant came to Shanghai Shangnan E. Middle School and spent a joyous afternoon with 200 students.

After the meet and greet, Grant presented the school with a autographed basketball. Principal Xu also returned the gesture by presenting a school flag and souvenirs to Grant.

Jr. NBA Training Class

After the warm-up, Grant brought a Jr. NBA training class to the students of Shangnan E. Middle School.

In his career, Horace Grant helped Jordan, Pippen, Kobe, and O'Neal en route to 4 NBA rings.

As a fierce rebounder and a defensive juggernaut during the first three-peat of the Bulls' dynasty, Grant brought more than his rings to the event. He also brought his rebounding and defense training scheme to train the players of the school.

Players were extremely excited to be so close personally with an NBA star; as a result, they all trained hard under Grant's guidance. Grant also continuously encouraged the players by giving them high-five. He even showed some sense of humor to the players when giving encouragements.

After the training, Grant presented autographs for every team members and teachers.

Students that spectated the event all wanted to interact with Grant. During the subsequent Jr. NBA Skills Challenge and Knockout challenge, everyone wanted to be a part of it.

Horace Grant learns how to play Ping-Pong.

As a courtesy, Shangnan Middle School presented Chinese martial arts and Ping-Pong demonstration to Grant, who has an admiration for Chinese culture.

During the Ping-Pong demonstration, two impromptu coaches taught Grant how to hold the paddle and how to serve. After the simple training, Grant hit 100% of his serves, wowing the crowd in the process.

Interview

We caught up with some students after the event. Minghao Qian expressed that he was very surprised with Grant's athletic talent, especially during the Ping-Pong demonstration. He was very impressed that Grant was able to play so well in his first try.

Jr. high student Zhiheng Zhao is the captain Shangnan's basketball team. During the defensive training of the Jr. NBA Training Class, Grant personally played one-on-one defense against Zhao, as a demonstration of the correct defensive stands. Zhiheng Zhao was extremely excited and nervous.

Horace Grant Playing Defense Against Captain Zhiheng Zhao

Zhiheng Zhao really cherished this invaluable experience, he said "Jr. NBA brought NBA stars to schools, I hope there are more opportunities like this in the future and that more students will get to experience the charisma of basketball."

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Jeremy Lin: Basketball Taught Me to Never Give Up!

July 31st, 2017

On July 25th, 2017 Jr. NBA Jeremy Lin Training Camp came to a close in Shenzhen. Are than 50 players trained, did drills, and competed under the guidance of Coach Lin. Jeremy Lin also became the first member of the Jr. NBA China Leadership Council to come to China.

On July 29th, Jr. NBA Lesson came to Shanghai and the starting point guard for the Brooklyn Nets Jeremy Lin, a member of the Jr. NBA China Leadership Council, led students to train their fundamental skills, and shared his own basketball and life stories to everyone.

The event in Shanghai also invited Shanghai Huangpu Sports Bureau Director Haiyin Wang, he presented a Huangpu Stamps Book to Jeremy Lin, another NBA special guest Jun Qian presented a Jr. NBA 2017 Calendar to Jeremy Lin.

Highlight 1: Jeremy Lin Demonstration

Ring the bell, it's time for class! Jr. NBA Leader Jeremy Lin greeted 300 students with a loud chest pass to the bell. Signaling the start of the basketball lesson!

During the training, Jeremy Lin demonstrated the correct stance himself, and even played defense on some players. the students had a very special interaction with an NBA star.

Highlight 2: Basketball Taught Lin to Never Give Up

Besides demonstrating basketball skills, Jr. NBA Leader Jeremy Lin also shared his own basketball and life stories with everyone.

He fell in love with the game of basketball through playing with his family. Basketball taught him to never give up; as long as you work hard everyday and get better everyday, then there's hope and opportunity.

Highlight 3: Jeremy Lin Wins Tickets for Fans

During a shooting drill, Jeremy Lin cheered on the side and even came on the court for support, winning fans tickets of the 2017 NBA China Game in the process.

About Jr. NBA China Leadership Council

NBA China announced the establishment of Jr. NBA China Leadership Council to continuously support the development of China youth basketball. This leadership council will provide guidance and content to assist the growth of Jr. NBA in China, hoping to provide the charismatic experience of Jr. NBA basketball to more youth.

NBA Champion Harrison Barnes (Dallas Mavericks), Two-time NBA Sportsmanship Award winner Mike Conley (Memphis Grizzlies), Aaron Gordon (Orlando Magic), Two-time Slam Dunk Contest Champion Zach Lavine (Chicago Bulls), 2015-16 Most Improved Player C.J. McCollum (Portland Trailblazers), 10-time All-Star and NBA Champion Paul Pierce, and Jeremy Lin, are all members of the Jr. NBA Leadership Council.

About Jr. NBA

Jr. NBA is NBA's global youth basketball participation platform that teaches the fundamentals and values of the game to help grow and improve the youth basketball experience. In the 2016-17 season, NBA has provided the unique charisma of basketball for more than 18 million youth in 53 countries through the Jr. NBA programs.

NBA China also work with China's Ministry of Education and bring "Train the Trainers" for PE teachers in China. This year, this program touched on more than 2 million students from 2000 schools in 15 provinces.

In 2016-17 Academic year, 525 schools from 11 provinces conducted coaching seminars and basketball clinics for more than 500 thousands students.

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Learn basketball from Jeremy Lin

July 31st, 2017

July 25th in Shenzhen, Jeremy Lin from Brooklyn Nets, was the first member of the Jr. NBA China Leadership Council to come to China. He conducted a training class for 50 young players.

July 25th in Shenzhen, Jr. NBA Jeremy Lin Training Camp

July 25th in Shenzhen, Jeremy Lin was Officiating During Competition

On July 29th, Jeremy Lin brought the Jr. NBA Class to Shanghai and acted as a coach for 300 fans live.

July 29th in Shanghai, Jr. NBA Leadership Session

Do you wonder what it's like to learn basketball on the court with Jeremy Lin? Let's have a look!

Yaohui Yao, 10 years old, is one of the members during the 2017 Jr. NBA Jeremy Lin Training Camp in Shenzhen.

Q:What's the difference between this camp and other basketball camps?
A:It's so refreshing to be so close to Jeremy Lin personally. During the camps, we got to do drills and play games like cone dribbling, knockout, etc. These games are all related to learning the game of basketball. Jeremy Lin was also really nice during the camp. I want to say to him that we all wish you can come back again in the future.

July 25th in Shenzhen, Yaohui Yao Playing Cone Dribbling during Jr. NBA Jeremy Lin Training Camp

Yizhou Fang, 10 year-old from Shanghai JianPing Experimental School. Besides basketball, he also excels in Ping Pong.

Q:What was the biggest impression you got from this camp?
A:When Jeremy Lin appeared, the whole place was screaming, such a crazy feeling! Jeremy Lin was also very friendly in all his interactions with players, I'm really starting to like him after this camp.

Yizhou Fang & Co. Watching the Jr. NBA Leadership Session

Q:What did you get out of participating in this camp?
A:I got to see Jeremy Lin for the first time in person, his patience with teaching players certain skills and the joy that the players got from interacting with them, really made me feel the love of basketball, I really wanted to participate with them on the court. It's different than the type of training I usually get, not only do they work on fundamentals, there are also a lot of games involved, which are related to improving basketball skills. I feel like this event made me love basketball even more, in the future I will work as hard in practice and become an excellent basketball player just like Jeremy Lin!

Yifan Zhou, 12 year-old member from Jr. NBA Leadership Session, he was extremely excited for the arrival of Jeremy Lin.

Q: Which parts of this Jr. NBA session do you like more?
A:I basically like it all, my favorite part was when he came out and rang the bell through a long distance pass.

Q:You were very focused and worked very hard during this event right?
A:Mainly because Jeremy Lin was here, I wanted to perform well. I got to high-five him after dribbling drills, and i also successfully defended him. Also, I got to meet new friends during this event, and practiced basketball with them under the guidance of Jeremy Lin.

Yifan Zhou in Training

Jungian Sun, 17 year-old from SHSID that participated in Jr. NBA Shanghai Games and won the championships, said that he was very excited to be able to spectate the Jr. NBA Leadership Session by Jeremy Lin.

Jingyan Sun Interview

Q:Do you normally watch NBA games? do you know much about Jeremy Lin?
A:I'm always watching the NBA. I really like Jeremy Lin, I really respect the fact that he was able to perform such high standards in a highly-contact NBA. He was very good when he was with the Hornets, and he continues that level with the Nets. I hope he will have even more good performances in the future.

Cheng Fan, Jungian Sun's teammate from SHSID, was the team's main post player, he witnessed the Jr. NBA Leadership Session with his friend and teammate Jingyan Sun.

Cheng Fan from SHSID Watching with his Teammates

Q:I know that as a member of the SHSID basketball team, to keep composure, there are a lot of practices. What do you feel today after seeing Jeremy Lin training these kids? A:I"m pretty jealous that these kids got to learn from Jeremy Lin, because they got to play basketball next to him. I hope that kids will have more of these opportunities in the future, this will make them fall in love with basketball, and the sport of basketball will become more of a norm.

In the future, Jr. NBA China Leadership Council will continue to help the growth of youth basketball in China, and bring the unique charisma of basketball to kids through Jr. NBA.

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Stephen Curry Trains Jr. NBA Players

July 25th, 2017

On July 22nd, 2017 in Beijing - Jr .NBA's partner Under Armour athlete Stephen Curry and brother Seth Curry visited Beijing University of Technology for the 2017 Jr. NBA Basketball All-Star Week special event. The two brothers acted as team coaches and trained players on basketball skills. Dengfeng Wang from Ministry of Education, NBA China CEO David Shoemaker, and Under Armor China GM Erick Haskell were all present in the event.

The 2017 Jr. NBA Basketball All-Star Week were hosted by the Ministry of Education. Between July 17th and July 21st, 230 students from 11 provinces all gathered in Beijing and accepted the guidance from the international coaches of NBA. Today, these 230 students interacted with the Curry brothers, and 30 impressive students had the chance to compete on the court.

4000 fans came to the event.

Highlight 1: Stephen Curry on the Court

Stephen Curry demonstrated dribbling drills to 30 Jr. NBA All-Star Players.

In order to help Jr. NBA players advancing the skills, Curry trained alongside them for motivation.

Highlight 2: Curry Brothers

Stephen Curry and Seth Curry competed against each other in the Skills Challenge and 3-Point Challenge.

Two brothers were tied in Skills Challenge. Stephen Curry made his first 6 shots!

Seth Curry won the 3-Point Contest by 3 Points.

Highlight 3: Older Brother Wins It As a Coach.

The two Curry brothers each coached one all-star team for the competition. Stephen Curry implemented his basketball philosophy onto his team:

Put the ball into the opponents basket more than they do to ours!

His easy-going philosophy led his girls to take the first 2 points.

Seth's team isn't messing around either. With the game going back and forth, it was tied with 11 apiece with 1 minute remaining.

Team Steph eventually won with the score of 13 to 11, avenging his lost to Seth during the 3-point contest.

To conclude the event, both Curry brothers presented the Most Outstanding Player Best Line-Ups, as well as Best Organizer of Skills Challenge for both men and women groups to show appreciation of their effort over the past year as well as encourage them to continuously enjoy the game of basketball with Jr. NBA.

About Jr. NBA:

"Jr. NBA is a meaningful ideology, we assist the Ministry of Education to promote basketball on school grounds, organize competitions, donate basketball courts. And the presence of the Curry brothers today were no doubt one of our biggest highlight this year" Said NBA China CEO David Shoemaker.

"To us, Jr. NBA's main goal is to let everyone participate and enjoy the game of basketball, regardless of your gender,height, and skills. Next year, 2 million students from 2000 schools will be training basketball through the NBA curriculum. Our biggest challenge next is how to let more kids play basketball, it's also our goal that we persistently are trying to achieve."

Jr. NBA is a global youth basketball development plan by NBA, with the purpose of increasing participation amongst youth through basketball activities and events, and increasing the qualities standard of players' skill and coaches' coaching ability while enjoying the charisma and joy that this sport bring.

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