"This clinic presents our team with a wonderful opportunity to interact with younger Chinese players," said Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski. "We will see first-hand how passionate the Chinese are about basketball. Hopefully, in some small way, we can help some of the youngsters with the development of their skills. It will be even more special as a part of Nike's Festival of Sport. We are looking forward to participating in the clinic as part of the upcoming trip to China and Dubai."
The Nike "Festival of Sport" is a four-day celebration of the performance and culture of the game. Young athletes from China, Taiwan and Hong Kong will compete, while world famous athletes and teams will share their inspiration, and top musical performers will infuse local musical culture into sport. The sport event concludes Nike's latest "Just Do It" campaign, launched at the beginning of the summer, that doesn't just speak to, but directly engages sport fans.
The Blue Devils will play three exhibition games against the Chinese Olympic team while in China before concluding the tour with a game against the UAE National Team in Dubai on Aug. 25. Duke plays its first exhibition game on Aug. 17 in Kunshan with games also scheduled in Shanghai on Aug. 18 and Beijing on Aug. 22.
The final three games of Duke's trip will be televised live on ESPNU and ESPN3.com with condensed versions of the games also available at www.GoDuke.com.