Indian basketball - for all its trials, tribulations, infighting, and drama - could sure use a helping hand. In basketball vernacular, that helping hand comes in the form of an assist, a pass that leads to a score. The player who scores receives the ultimate credit, but it's the passer - or the 'dimer' - who is heralded as the man behind the action, whose initial efforts let to the final success.
As their first major step, DIME has announced the DIME Basketball Academy, a summer basketball training programme that will tip off on July 2, 2015 at the Jaypee Greens in Greater Noida (Jaypee Greens - Atlantis The Club) for players between the ages of 5-22. The highlight of this academy will be the expert coaches, including national-level coach and former captain Divya Singh and former Canadian Basketball Player of the Year Inderbir Gill.
According to Himanshu Dabir, the founder of DIME Initiatives, their vision is to create a holistic, basketball experience for players and organizations, which will provide opportunities in and outside of India. They hope to provide opportunities that are outside the reach of politics and nepotism, but driven by merit and hard work.
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DIME previously held a summer camp at Jaypee Greens with India's international players Amjyot Singh and Amril Pal Singh serving as coaches. Both players have now headed to Japan to play in their professional basketball summer league.
DIME Academies is the training arm of DIME Initiatives, aiming to implement a western style of training of Indian athletes in preparing them for school, college and professional careers in India and abroad. To ensure that the programs implemented are up to par with top Academies across the world, DIME Academies has two Coaching partners with extensive experience coaching and playing abroad and in India.
Inderbir Singh Gill (Co-Director of Coaching): Gill is an International Coach for the Jr. NBA India development program. Within this program, Gill was responsible for conducting after school and elite camps to provide basic and advanced training for top players across India. Gill was a former Player of the Year in Canada, 3x All-Canadian Team, 2x Academic All-Canadian and the 2010 Canadian Male Athlete of the Year (across all-sports). Born and raised in Punjab, Inderbir moved to Seattle, Washington at the age of 11 and immediately thrived playing basketball. With limited knowledge of Indian basketball players in the US, Gill was able to succeed through his hard work on the court and in the weightroom, understanding to reach his full potential, a strong fitness routine is required. Gill will be in charge of the Elite Boarding Academy and in creating individualized training programs for the interested players, while also working with the after-school program.
Divya Singh (Co-Director of Coaching): Singh is a former captain of the Indian National Women's Basketball Team and, most recently, an Assistant Coach for the Senior Women’s National Team under Foreign Coach Francisco Garcia which won the Bronze Medal in Lusofonia Games Goa – 2014 and placed 6th at the 17th Asian Games, Incheon 2014. As a player, Singh has represented India 7 times over here career, with the highlight captaining the Indian Women at the 2006 Melbourne Commonwealth Games. Post her playing career, she her Masters in Sports Management from the University of Delaware in 2010 while working as a Graduate Assistant of the University of Delaware Basketball Team. She was well respected by her teammates for her game skills, leadership qualities, academic strength and fun, outgoing personality. Singh will be in charge of the After School Academy as well as work with the Elite Campers on a regular basis.