Tolyatti, 1 September 2014. The National Basketball Association (NBA) and SIBUR announced that the Volgar sports complex in Tolyatti will be the second basketball court refurbished under a multiyear partnership to provide safe and accessible basketball facilities, grow the appeal of basketball in Russia, and promote an active lifestyle.
The court refurbishment process has already been launched, with the opening ceremony scheduled for late September. The ceremony will be attended by the NBA Legend and 7 time NBA Champion Robert Horry, who will conduct a basketball clinic for local children at the refurbished court.
As part of their partnership, the NBA and SIBUR launched a program to regenerate basketball facilities in 10 cities in Russia. The court improvement in Tolyatti will increase opportunities for the community, including SIBUR’s employees and their children, to learn and play the game of basketball.
On 2 August, SIBUR and the NBA opened the first basketball court under this multiyear partnership, in Perm. The opening ceremony was attended by two NBA stars, twin brothers Brook and Robin Lopez.
As of the end of the 2013-14 regular season, the NBA featured four Russian players on active rosters.
SIBUR is a uniquely positioned vertically integrated gas processing and petrochemicals company. SIBUR owns and operates Russia’s largest gas processing business in terms of associated petroleum gas processing volumes and is a leader in the Russian petrochemicals industry.
SIBUR supports multiple professional sports clubs and projects promoting a healthy lifestyle. In 2013, it provided financial support to build the SIBUR ARENA basketball facility in Saint Petersburg and sponsored the All Starts charity basketball game. In 2014, SIBUR joined the NBA programme to promote basketball in Russia. The Company also partners the Student Basketball Association of Russia. As part of its NBA partnership, SIBUR supported the first Moscow NBA 3X Basketball tournament held on 12–13 June at the Gorky Park in Moscow.
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