New Delhi: Shaily Upadhyay, a student of Shiv Nadar School Noida (a not-for-profit initiative of the Shiv Nadar Foundation in K12 education) was identified by NBA for its five-day India Women’s Training Camp Training, held in Mumbai. Shaily, is also a part of the UP State Women’s Basketball team and plays in in the under 18 category.
The NBA Academies Women’s Program are elite development camps at the league’s academies for top female prospects. The players are selected by NBA India based on their outstanding basketball skills. Shaily is among the top 18 players from across the country selected for this training camp. The players got an opportunity to be coached by WNBA Legend, Olympic Gold Medalist and 13-year professional player, Jennifer Azzi and the former college coach Blair Hardiek in basketball skill development, strength and conditioning, life skills sessions, games and competitions. As part of the workshop, Shaily also got an opportunity to interact with top international NBA players and witness them in action during the NBA India Games India 2019 in Mumbai.
Originally from the village of Gheja in Noida, Shaily comes from a humble background – her father is a driver and mother a homemaker. Shaily secured admission at Shiv Nadar School under sports scholarship programme that promotes prospective athletes. Recently, the School sponsored her participation at the YUBAC basketball camp in Serbia to enhance her game skills.
On being part of the NBA Academies’ Women’s Training Programme, Shaily Upadhyay, said, “It was a huge learning experience playing with the most promising and emerging women players of the country. It was a dream come true to be coached by internationally celebrated NBA players.”
Speaking about Shaily’s participation in the camp, Raspreet Sidhu, Head of Sports at Shiv Nadar School and Captain of the Indian Women’s Basketball team, said, “Shaily is an extremely talented young player with immense potential. The right kind of training and exposure will only help her improve her basketball skills. We at Shiv Nadar School are invested in her success and ensure that she continues to get the right kind of exposure.”