NBA stars George Gervin, Katie Smith to visit India

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Mumbai, Feb 16 (PTI) NBA Hall of Famer George ''TheIceman'' Gervin and two-time WNBA Champion Katie Smith willvisit Mumbai and New Delhi from February 22 to March 2.

The duo will conduct basketball clinics with Indianyouth, meet with university students and participate in localcommunity events.

Gervin, a former San Antonio Spur, is a three-time NBAchampion and was voted to the NBA''s 50 greatest players listin 1996. Smith is a six-time WNBA All-Star for the WashingtonMystics.

Their visit is part of the US Department of State''sBureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and the NationalBasketball Association''s (NBA) 2011 sports envoy programme.

In addition to participating in events with the USDepartment of State, Gervin and Smith will attend the finalsof the Mahindra NBA Challenge, the multicity basketball leaguewhich the NBA conducts in collaboration with the BasketballFederation of India (BFI), a press release said here today.

Current and former NBA and WNBA players will leadprogrammes in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, India, Jordan,Congo, Uzbekistan and Venezuela during the 2011 sports envoyseason. The full line-up of players will be released at alater date, it said.

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