Nine-year NBA veteran Damien Wilkins will be coming to India in July to be a part of this season's 'Hoops Creating Hope' programme by the Crossover Basketball and Scholars Academy. Crossver will hold the 2014 edition of their programme in Chennai from July 7-18 this year and Wilkins will be a part of their faculty.
"It is a pleasure to travel to India this year to collaborate with Crossover; I am excited, and looking forward to having a positive impact!” said Wilkins. “Basketball has always been an important part of my life, it is the vehicle I used to get my education and more importantly promote the importance of academics."
Crossover's Hoops Creating Hope is a two-week programme for students in Chennai create and develop the link between leadership, character, teamwork, and communication with academic success and future goals using basketball as the medium for education and change. This year, Crossover will host a Sport in Education Conference on July 12 at The American International School in Chennai. Thought leaders, student voices, coaches, and educators from the US and India will discuss the positive role sport can play in a students overall education.
Varun Ram - the Indian-origin player for the University of Maryland - has also confirmed his attendance. And Indian actress/model/basketball enthusiast mentioned that she'll visit the programme as well.
Wilkins comes from a family of great basketball heritage. He is the son of 13-year NBA veteran Gerald Wilkins and nephew of Basketball Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins (who came to India for the NBA's Basketball Without Borders programme in 2008).