Denver Nuggets’ Danilo Gallinari to Celebrate International Children’s Day and the NBA Finals with Fans in China

Gallinari Will Host Basketball Clinics with Underprivileged Students, Unveil a Jr. NBA Basketball Court, and Provide Live Commentary During the NBA Finals 

BEIJING, May 26, 2017 – NBA China today announced that Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari will celebrate International Children’s Day and the NBA Finals in China from May 31-June 6.  Gallinari will host basketball clinics for underprivileged students, unveil a Jr. NBA basketball court and participate in special events hosted by NBA China’s television and digital partners to celebrate the NBA Finals.

To tip off NBA China’s International Children’s Day celebration, NBA Cares will engage 32 Special Olympics youth athletes at the NBA Playzone in Shanghai on May 31 with a variety of basketball-inspired activities.

On June 1, Gallinari will travel to Zunyi, Guizhou Province for a Jr. NBA basketball court unveiling at Zunyi No. 53 Middle School and host a clinic for the students.  As part of the NBA’s continued commitment to providing youth with increased access to the game, NBA China and the Shanghai Sports Federation are dedicating the new court to the local community.  Shanghai Sports Federation Vice President Sun Weimin and NBA China Vice President, Youth Development, Claire Wang will also attend the unveiling and clinic.  

 “I’m looking forward to celebrating International Children’s Day and the NBA Finals in China,” said Gallinari.  “I enjoy teaching the game to young boys and girls and seeing the excitement that basketball brings them.  I know it will be a great trip.”

As part of the celebration, Gallinari will also host NBA Cares basketball clinics for underprivileged students at the Zhuxi Migrant School in Guiyang, Guizhou Province and Huang Zhuang migrant school in Beijing on June 2 and 4, respectively.  The NBA Cares basketball clinics are part of the celebration of the NBA’s 30-year partnership with CCTV.

In addition, NBA Cares will provide physical education toolkits to 100 elementary schools from underdeveloped areas across China during NBA China’s International Children’s Day celebration.

To celebrate the NBA Finals, Gallinari will provide live commentary during CCTV-5 and Tencent’s coverage of Game 2 on June 5.

Coverage of the NBA Finals will begin June 2 and will be broadcasted on CCTV, Tencent, BesTV, Great Sports, Guangdong TV, Eleven Sports, Elta, LeSports HK and Videoland.  For more information about NBA China and the NBA, please visit china.nba.com and download the NBA App from china.nba.com/nbaapp.

Gallinari was selected by the New York Knicks with the 6th overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft.  This season he led the Nuggets in scoring (18.2 points per game) and had his highest field goal percentage (44.7), free throw percentage (90.2) and 3-point percentage (38.8) since his rookie season.

About NBA China:

The NBA’s entity that conducts all of the league’s businesses in Greater China was formed in January 2008 after its first office opened in Hong Kong in 1992.  The NBA has interacted with Chinese basketball for decades, including first hosting the Chinese National team in 1985.  The NBA currently has relationships with a strong network of television and digital media outlets in China, including a partnership of 30 years with national broadcaster CCTV.  The league hosts hundreds of touring basketball events for fans, conducts community enrichment programs, and maintains marketing partnerships with a combination of world-class China-based corporations and U.S.-based multinationals.  

NBA China is headquartered in Beijing and also has offices in Shanghai, Hong Kong and Taipei.  NBA licensed products such as apparel and footwear are available through various retail networks and authorized online stores on e-commerce and social media platforms, including Tmall.com, JD.com, WeChat, NBAStore.cn, NBAStore.hk and NBAStore.tw.  In 2004, the NBA became the first American professional sports league to play games in China, with two games between the Houston Rockets and the Sacramento Kings in Shanghai and Beijing.  Following NBA Global Games China 2017, 14 NBA teams will have played 24 games in Greater China.  The NBA is the most-followed sports league in China, with more than 115 million social media followers.  

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