Mumbai, Chairperson of Reliance Foundation Nita Ambani, will have
the honour of presenting the ceremonial ‘Match Ball’ to NBA officials tomorrow
(October 4) ahead of the Indiana Pacers vs Sacramento Kings game.
The ceremonial match ball handover is a mark of welcoming the NBA to India
for their first ever NBA game in the country.
With the NBA in India for preseason games, Reliance Foundation is celebrating
6 years of its significant partnership with the League, through the grassroots
initiative Reliance Foundation Junior NBA program.
The initiative has been recognized as the world’s largest Junior NBA program,
with a reach of 11 million children from 34 cities in 20 states, inspiring the youth
to adopt a healthy and active lifestyle by integrating basketball into physical
As part of the celebrations, Reliance Foundation has invited a stadium full of
children from its Junior NBA program to get the rare opportunity to watch the first
ever NBA game live at the NSCI, Dome on October 4.
Nita Ambani says, “Reliance Foundation is proud to bring the NBA to India and
present these children with a fantastic opportunity to witness the magic live at
stadium. It has been a deeply fulfilling journey in our partnership with the NBA.
I would like to thank the NBA in believing in Indian basketball and for being a
great partner on this incredible journey.”
“The new India is rising as a major player across multiple sports. We are the
youngest nation in the world with over 600 million Indians under the age of 25
years, and I strongly believe that the future of Indian sport is bright, brilliant
and beautiful,” she added.