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Huffpost: On September 21 and 23, the National Hockey League (NHL)’s Los Angeles Kings and Vancouver Canucks played two preseason games in China; one in Shanghai and one in Beijing. These two games marked the first time ever that the NHL held games in China, signaling a push by the organization to increase interest in hockey in one of the world’s largest emerging markets for sports coverage.

13 year-old Digvijay Shekhawat was awarded Championship Game MVP, with an outstanding performance, finishing with 26 points

Edex: NBA India recently opened an academy to provide world-class training opportunities to aspiring basketball players. Yannick Colaco talks about its perks.

VOA: More than ever, professional basketball in the U.S. is becoming a global game. Last season, the National Basketball Association had 113 international players from 41 countries and territories. All in all, a quarter of NBA players are international.

What is an NBA Academy?

NBA Academy is the NBA’s international elite development initiative that consists of a network of elite basketball training centers around the world to develop top international male and female prospects. NBA Academies include educational development for the prospects and mark the NBA’s most significant investment in elite player development.

NBA Academies expose elite prospects to NBA-level coaching, facilities and competition and provides a global framework for elite prospects to maximize their success. The initiative, which employs a holistic, 360-degree approach to player development with focuses on education, leadership, character development and life skills, builds on the NBA’s existing grassroots programming, including Jr. NBA, NBA Basketball School, Basketball without Borders (BWB) and NBA 3X. During the 2016-17 season, the NBA reached more than 18 million youth in 53 countries through its youth participation initiatives.

Each elite training center is staffed with NBA-trained coaches to foster the development of prospects on and off the court, both during and after their basketball careers. The top student-athletes at each center have an opportunity to be selected for travel teams that play in international tournaments and exhibition games. NBA Academies also aim to foster the development of local basketball support staff.

What is an NBA Basketball School?

NBA Basketball Schools are a network of basketball development programs around the world open to both male and female players ages 6-18. The NBA Basketball School is unique in its approach based on “the NBA way” of developing players in a structured program and environment focused on skill development and promoting positive values such as integrity, teamwork, respect and determination.

SEPTEMBER 26, 2017: WASHINGTON WIZARDS SHOW NBA'S GLOBAL REACH
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SEPTEMBER 26, 2017: WASHINGTON WIZARDS SHOW NBA'S GLOBAL REACH

VOA: More than ever, professional basketball in the U.S. is becoming a global game. Last season, the National Basketball Association had 113 international players from 41 countries and territories. All in all, a quarter of NBA players are international.

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SEPTEMBER 22, 2017: NBA ACADEMY OPENS IN AUSTRALIA TO HELP BUDDING TALENT
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SEPTEMBER 22, 2017: NBA ACADEMY OPENS IN AUSTRALIA TO HELP BUDDING TALENT

SBS: A groundbreaking deal between Basketball Australia and the NBA has the power to fast track Australia's leading talent into the world's most dominant league.

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SEPT 12, 2017: LAKERS' LEGEND KOBE BRYANT UNVEILS NBA CHINA ACADEMY PLANS
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SEPT 12, 2017: LAKERS' LEGEND KOBE BRYANT UNVEILS NBA CHINA ACADEMY PLANS

Agence France Presse: Shanghai (AFP) - Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant announced plans on Tuesday for China's first NBA basketball school, a development the 18-time All-Star says will improve the game in the country.

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