The launch enabled the Hi5 children to interact with basketball superstars Satnam Singh, Amjyot Singh and Palpreet Singh Brar and learn about this format
India, Mumbai, May 07, 2018 – The fastest growing urban team sport in the world, 3×3 Basketball came to India for the first time with 3BL – 3×3 Pro Basketball League. Children from Hi5 Youth Foundation had the opportunity to not only learn a new format of the game but also meet their dream basketball superstars Satnam Singh, Amjyot Singh and PalpreetSingh Brar. The basketball icons made the Hi5 children feel comfortable as they interacted with them, getting to know them better and encouraged them to chase their aspirations. In turn the zeal, drive and simplicity of the Hi5 basketball young guns amazed the celebrities.
3BL is an Intellectual property of YKBK Enterprise Pvt. Ltd. that has been granted the exclusive rights by FIBA 3×3 for the Indian sub-continent, making it the first ever FIBA 3×3 recognised basketball league in India & the Sub-continent. Hi5 Youth Foundation on the other hand is focused on working with kids from disadvantaged backgrounds using the power of sport to improve education, raise health awareness and build life-skills.
Usha Sundar, Co-founder of Hi5 Youth Foundation said, “Children are the future of a nation. For an emerging country like India, mental as well as physical development of underprivileged children holds the key to the progress of the nation itself, and their physical well being is the cornerstone of this progress. This is at the core of what we do at Hi5 and we are extremely glad that our Hi5 team got to meet their icons and learn more about this new format. We now have a more inspired team!”
3×3 Basketball is a 10-minute high-speed basketball tournament and it officially became an Olympic sport in June 2017. It will be introduced in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. The inaugural season of 3BL in India, featuring 12 teams with international and Indian sensations like Amjyot Singh, Palpreet Singh Brarand international basketball sensations like Bikramjit Gill, Inderbir Singh Gill, Leandro Lima and many more, will be played in six cities – Mumbai, Delhi, Aizawl, Kolkata, Chennai and Bangalore. The winners of the tournament(s) will get to represent India at the FIBA World Tour(s).
R Sundar, Co-founder of Hi5 Youth Foundation said, “Sports brings cultures together and bridges gaps across generations. It is recognised as an essential element of learning through physical activities and games. These activities have been a great motivator to enhance the spirit of learning and leadership, especially amongst the children. And the icing has been meeting these basketball icons and learning more from them through 3BL.”
Rohit Bakshi, Commissioner 3BL added, “We believe India has huge basketball potential, just the opportunities are few. The vision of 3BL is to create an International platform for Indian players and aspirants at every stage of their basketball careers“.
About Hi5 Youth Foundation
Founded in 2015, Hi5 Youth Foundation is a professionally managed non- profit organisation based out of Mumbai. The foundation aims to revolutionize the state of basketball in India from the grassroot level. Hi5 currently supports over 1200 students across 13 BMC schools, 1 YMCA center, and 1residential school. They identify young and promising talent across these schools and centers and nurture them to enhance their performance.
Their flagship program is ‘Hope Thru Hoops’ that runs for four-years and across four levels of Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced, Elite. Each center is assigned a dedicated full-time coach, who trains the student’s right from the Beginner level. These coaches follow an in-house curriculum that is co-developed by them and the leadership of Hi5 Youth Foundation. R Sundar, Usha Sundar & Mr. P Ramaswamyare the founders of the company. To know moreyou can log on to http://hi5youthfoundation.com
About YKBK Enterprise Pvt. Ltd.
YKBK Enterprise Pvt Ltd, have the exclusive rights from International Basketball Federation (FIBA) to create and implement an International 3×3 Professional Basketball League in the Indian Sub-Continent.
As a socially conscious 3×3 Professional Basketball League, YKBK Enterprise strives to create a platform for aspiring players from all walks of life.