In his prime, CV Sunny was one of the best players that Indian basketball ever produced. A regular member and even a captain of the national team in the 1980s and 90s, the 5-foot-11 playmaker enjoyed a memorable run of success internationally as well as at the domestic level. Although age and retirement finally saw him bid adieu to his playing days, Sunny has remained determined to pass on his skills and knowledge of the game to the next generation.
Speaking about the larger goals of the Academy, Sunny said, "Our vision is the overall promotion and development of basketball in India and to make it a mainstream sport. For India to be a top team in the world, we need to build systems at the grassroots level. This can be only achieved by collaborating with state associations, media, corporates, and fans. We hope our initiative will provide the right impetus in this direction."
The camp will follow the scientifically approved principles of Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) to revolutionise grassroots basketball coaching in India. LTAD emphasises progressive coaching as per each individual’s ‘baseline measurement’ ensuring development of each player at his or her own pace. Apart from individual skill development, team goals will also be set for the groups as a whole.
Sunny certainly has the past accolades to feel confident and ambitious about the future. Raised in Pala (Kerala) as Cheruthottil Varghese Sunny, he went on to be a basketball professional spanning several decades, playing for Kerala Police, Kerala State, Tamil Nadu State, and Indian Bank, as well as being a regular member of India's Sr. National Men's squad. He captained India at the 1995 South Asian Games in Madras and was conferred the GV Raja Award in 1996 for his immense contribution towards basketball.
For registration forms and queries on the Summer of Skills camp in Chennai, contact the academy at +91 8056125958 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also find them on facebook at www.facebook.com/cvbsafl and their website www.cvsba.in.