On the morning of July 17, Kobe visited the Hohai University Sports Stadium and coached 32 young players who qualified for the “Baller’s Network” Summer Basketball Tournament Changsha Clinic, helping them improve their skills.
The clinic is part of the Baller’s Network Summer Basketball Tournament. Teams who progress through the round-robin tournament and knock-out stages and qualify for the regional finals will go on to participate in the All-Star training camps in Beijing, Hangzhou and Chengdu. The regional All-Star teams will also qualify for the Greater China Tournament of Champions in Shanghai this August.
Kobe then met 22 young players from the "Let Me Play" program and coached them through similar drills. He shared stories of the cultural exchange trip for 10 disadvantaged Chinese youth to Los Angeles earlier in 2011 and announced that in 2012, along with AEG and Nike, "Let Me Play" will sponsor 10 children for a similar cultural exchange trip. These programs use basketball to build confidence, communications and team work skills among the children of migrant and low-income families.
On the afternoon of July 17th at the Longjiang Sports Stadium in Nanjing, Kobe Bryant met with enthusiastic fans to share his basketball stories, teach basketball skills and encourage players to use sports to prove what is possible and become a champion.
At this last stop of his 2011 tour, more than 1,700 hoop fans poured into the stadium to meet Kobe, while thousands of fans cheered outside. He watched an Under 19 regional final of “Baller’s Network” Summer Basketball Tournament and presented awards to the champions, who will also have the chance to participate in All-Star training camps and the Greater China Tournament of Champions in Shanghai in August.
Kobe interacted with 10 fans and taught them his signature basketball moves. The fans then participated in a game of "knockout" with one final winner tickets to “Nike Festival of Sports” held in Shanghai this August and encouraged all the players to use sport to create their own path, to prove what is possible, to build a legacy and become an icon.