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“NBA Yao School” announcement; Yao meets up with Lakers

October 21st, 2013
by John

Yao was pretty busy a few days ago in China. On October 15th he held a press conference in Beijing with NBA commissioner David Stern and other head honchos to announce the creation of the “NBA Yao School” in Beijing.

October 15, 2013 - Yao Ming at a press conference in Beijing with NBA commissioner David Stern to announce the NBA Yao School

The NBA Yao School, launching in February 2014, will provide after-school basketball training and fitness programs for boys and girls up to age 16 at all skill levels. The school aims to teach the importance of teamwork, leadership and communication in a fun basketball environment.

This announcement marks another milestone in the partnership between NBA China and Yao to develop youth basketball and create social responsibility programs in China. For more details about the NBA Yao School and video from the press conference, click here.

After the press conference, Yao attended a preseason game between Golden State and the L.A. Lakers in Beijing. Sitting next to him was friend and former Chinese teammate Sun Yue.

October 15, 2013 - Yao Ming watches an NBA preseason game in Beijing with friend Sun Yue

Yao ran into good friend Steve Nash at the game…

October 15, 2013 - Yao Ming and Steve Nash greet each other at a preseason game in Beijing

A couple of days later, Yao went to join the LA Lakers at an NBA Cares activity as well as an Open Day fan gathering at the Shanghai Oriental Sports Centre. Just like in Taipei, the target group for the NBA Cares activity was also 60 kids from the Chinese Special Olympics team.

Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Steve Nash and all the LA Lakers players were there to teach the kids basketball fundamentals.

October 16, 2013 - Pau Gasol and Kobe Bryant participate in an NBA Cares event with Special Olympics athletes in Shanghai

October 16, 2013 - Yao Ming and Kobe Bryant in Shanghai

Click here for more photos of Yao with Kobe, and other pics from the NBA Cares event in Shanghai.