NBA star Mason Plumlee teams up with DUPLAYS for second edition of youth basketball development program

Denver Nuggets forward and gold medalist for the US Men’s National Team to host second annual basketball camp in Dubai August 28-31

Dubai, UAE— July 25, 2018 — Denver Nuggets forward and NCAA champion Mason Plumlee has teamed up with DUPLAYS, the largest sports provider in the region, to host the second edition of the youth basketball camp in Dubai. The ‘Mason Plumlee Basketball Academy’ will be held throughout 28-31 August at Aflec School as part of the 2018 DUPLAYS dxb Hoops Summit, an event promoting the growth of basketball in the UAE. Plumlee’s camp is open to 8 to18 year olds and will feature skill development, competition and personalized training led by the NBA star and a team of world class international coaches.

“I’m very excited to return to Dubai,” said Plumlee. “I enjoyed my experience last year and look forward to an even bigger and more exciting camp this summer. There will be something for everyone – for kids who are new to the game and advanced players looking to take their skills to the next level. Based on my experience last year, it’s clear that there is a demand for quality basketball instruction and opportunities for local youth to learn the game.”

Led by Plumlee, experienced coaches and other professional basketball stars including members of the NCAA Champion Villanova Wildcats and staff from the Kobe Bryant Academy, camp participants will take part in a full program learning on-court NBA drills, basketball fundamentals and receiving expert one-on-one training.

Over the four-day schedule, besides from improving their game under the watchful eye of NBA stars, participants will also have the chance to receive an autograph and photo with Mason as well as claiming their exclusive Nike t-shirt. Mason wants to give back to the game, hoping that the camp will help grow the game of basketball and give kids a valuable – and enjoyable -learning experience.

CHICAGO, IL – MARCH 21: Mason Plumlee #24 of the Denver Nuggets moves against Bobby Portis #5 of the Chicago Bulls at the United Center on March 21, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Nuggets defeated the Bulls 135-102. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

“Basketball doesn’t require a great deal of expense or a lot of space,” said Plumlee, “You just need a ball and a hoop. Once kids have exposure to playing the game and realize how fun it can be, they’ll be hooked. Basketball has always been an important part of my life. My parents both played in college. My two brothers play in the NBA. I’ve learned from and played with some of the best players and coaches,” said Plumlee. “Now I want to share these experiences with kids in Dubai around the world. My goal is to make this a long-term commitment.”

Plumlee and DUPLAYS are exploring a partnership that would include annual camps and a year-round basketball development program for youth in the region, as well as a world-class training and certification program for instructors.

Ravi Bhusari, Founder of DUPLAYS, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Mason again and look forward to giving kids the opportunities to fulfil their basketball dreams. At DUPLAYS we will continue to strive to drive the growth of the region’s sports industry, and encourage healthier living for people of all ages.”

The 2018 Mason Plumlee Basketball Academy runs from 10am to 2pm on 28 – 31 of August. Registration fee is AED 900 per person. To sign up, visit.duplays.com.

About Mason Plumlee

Known for his versatile play, winning mentality and exceptional work ethic, Mason has earned universal praise from coaches and teammates and the passionate support of NBA fans across the globe. A former first-round pick, gold medalist for the US Men’s National Team and NBA All-Rookie First Team honoree, Mason is widely recognized as one of the top playmaking forwards in the world. During his four-year collegiate career at Duke University, he helped lead the Blue Devils to an NCAA championship and twice earned first-team All Academic honors.

Off court, Mason is an accomplished entrepreneur and investor. He is a partner in AIRE, a real estate fund and has invested in multiple start-up ventures. He holds a multi-year sponsorship agreement with Nike and marketing partnerships with a variety of other companies.

About DUPLAYS

DUPLAYS is the region’s largest organizer of participatory sports. From our nightly sport leagues for the community, to sports and wellness programs for corporates and government organizations, to sport activations for brands and sponsors, we deliver great sport experiences.

 With over 100,000 members, DUPLAYS is now expanding into sport facility development across the GCC to bring better sport infrastructure to Middle East cities.

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