March 24th, 2016 at 7:00 PM
Barclays Center arena, Brooklyn
The Brooklyn Nets will host a group of non-elite Russian basketball coaches on the game with Cleveland Cavaliers on March 24th. The delegation is arriving as part of the SportsUnited: Basketball Ambassadors of Today and Tomorrow program, which was designed to promote professional exchanges with American counterparts.
There will be 32 coaches from across Russia on March 24 at Barclay's Center. After the game, they will get an opportunity to meet the three Russian players currently active in the NBA game: Sergey Karasev of Nets, Timofey Mozgov and Sasha Kaun of Cavaliers.
Their visit comes ahead of a delegation of American high school players and coaches who will travel to Moscow in April. The players and coaches will enjoy basketball and cultural experiences in the Russian capital.
Brooklyn Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov was excited about the exchange:
“We are happy to welcome the delegation of Russian coaches. It is vital not only that we share our knowledge and experience about the game of basketball, but that we also have the time and opportunity to talk and listen to one another. I hope my fellow countrymen and women have a wonderful time at the Nets game and throughout their stay in the US.”
The New York-based Russian American Foundation (RAF) in collaboration with Andrey Kirilenko’s initiative school 2.0 to bring the SportsUnited: Basketball Ambassadors of Today and Tomorrow program to life. Kirilenko is a former Nets player and the current head of the Russian Basketball Federation.
RAF Vice President Rina Kirshner said: “We are thrilled to be able to provide a platform that brings together coaches and youth of both countries through a common bond of basketball.”
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