NBA champion and Finals MVP Kevin Durant of the Golden State Warriors and 3,459 Indian children from the Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program set a new Guinness World Record achievement for the world’s largest basketball lesson (multiple venues) ever held.
During his first-ever trip to India, Durant conducted the record-breaking feat at the NBA Academy India in the Delhi NCR, which opened in May, for the top male and female prospects from across the country.
A group of youth were onsite at the NBA Academy India, while the other players participated via satellite from Bengaluru, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kolkata.
“Sharing my love of basketball with thousands of boys and girls across India was an unbelievable experience,” said Durant. “It was an honour to coach these amazing kids and to be a part of this special day.”
Durant has visited India to support the growth of basketball in the country. He coached the country’s top youth prospects at the NBA Academy India and also inaugurated two basketball courts as part of the Kevin Durant Charity Foundation’s Build it and They will Ball Courts Renovation Initiative.
The NBA Academy India builds on the NBA’s existing basketball and youth development initiatives in India. The Reliance Foundation Jr. NBA program has reached more than six million youth and trained more than 5,000 physical education instructors nationwide since its launch in 2013.