NBA 3-ON-3:Say Hello to NBA Legend Horace Grant and New York Knicks City Dancers with Filipina KCD director Michelle Harris

I am fortunate to be part of the Press Conference of  NBA Legend Horace Grant and New York Knicks Dancers including the Filipina KCD director Michelle Harrisfor the NBA 3 on 3 basketball tournament at Marriott Hotel Pasay City.

Everyone had a great time in the Q&A of NBA All Star, 4-time NBA Champion with the Chicago Bulls (1991-93) and the Los Angeles Lakers (2001), Horace Grant and sexy and witty New York Knicks City Dancers. We were also joined by Mr. Scott Levy, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, NBA Asia Event Partners and Sponsors.

I must say that Horace Grant is really a NBA legend. He is the man! A very cool and funny guyWhile the New York Knicks City Dancers are very beautiful and intelligent.  And Michelle Harris, yes! she’s very gorgeous and a very proud Filipina.

Press Release

When NBA 3-on-3 Philippines 2011 presented by Sprite comes to town on July 1 to 3,  expect a lot of high-kicking, explosive, high energy performances from the New York Knicks City Dance Team – the girls who energize the New York Knicks NBA team and bring the fan experience at Madison Square Garden to a real high.

 The girls headline the list of NBA celebrities who will open the first-ever NBA 3-on-3 basketball tournament to be staged in the ASEAN region alongside NBA Legend, 4-time NBA champion and All Star Horace Grant who played alongside Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant with the Chicago Bulls and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Filipino basketball fans will easily take a shine to the New York Knicks City Dancers because – besides being one of the NBA’s most exciting dance teams —their lead dancer is Filipina!

Michelle Harris, KCD Director of Entertainment, hails from Balayan, Batangas. Her mother’s surname is Dino and her father’s family name is Marella. Now a Chicago, Illinois native, Michelle is currently Director of Entertainment of Knicks & Liberty and oversees the dance teams’ overall entertainment as well as all dance team branding. She started with the Knicks as a Knicks City Dancer about eight years ago and worked her way up to directing them and all the entertainment for the team. Michelle is a graduate of the New York University’s Stern School of Business, with a B.S. in Marketing and Management.

Dancing with Michelle on the New York dance team are Amanda, captain of the Knicks City Dancers and a member of the WNBA Torch Patrol and NBA Fan Patrol; Christine, who danced with  the University of Iowa Dance Team and a winner of several beauty contests in the past; Maria, a Long Island native and  Italian New York girl through and through; Melissa, who has a BA in Dance and Psychology from Hofstra University, judges the Regional and National Legacy Dance Championships and teaches ballet and lyrical dance; Sarahbeth, a graduate of Marymount Manhattan College with a degree in Dance and a minor in Business, who has trained with the New York City Dance Alliance, American Theatre Dance Workshop, Tap City and the Eglievsky Ballet and  Stephanie,  from Rutgers University who graduated with a 4.0 in her Communications major and also a 4.0 in her minor, Italian.

Horace Grant and the New York Knicks Dancers will make appearances and interact with fans through clinics and community events. Current All-Stars and legends from the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) will also attend the event and take part in the activities.

Other NBA-style events from July 1-3 at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall include a Sprite Slam Dunk contest and an Energen Skills Challenge where participants can compete and showcase their abilities in front of a home crowd. There will also be an authentic NBA half-time show featuring performances by the Knicks City Dancers, NBA merchandise giveaways and live music to keep fans entertained. Entry to watch the tournament and soak in the festivities is free of charge.

Along with Sprite, SOLARtv Network Incorporated (Basketball TV and NBA Premium TV) has joined the NBA 3-on-3 Philippines 2011 presented by Sprite as official media partner together with Studio 23. Supporting partners also include Energen and Spalding. Venue partner is SM Mall of Asia.

NBA Cares, the league’s global social responsibility program, will also conduct a variety of community events in conjunction with the NBA 3-on-3 Philippines 2011 presented by Sprite.

For more information about the NBA 3-on-3 Philippines 2011 presented by Sprite and chances to win daily quiz prizes, please log onto www.nba3on3.com/Philippines. Fans can also get updates on the event by following the NBA on twitter at www.twitter.com/NBA_Philippines and through Facebook at www.facebook.com/nba

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About Sprite

Through the years, Sprite has refreshed drinkers through its familiar green dimpled bottle and its refreshing clear, crisp lemon-lime taste. Sprite has a heritage of being the voice of clarity among the youth. Today, Sprite is the #1 lemon-lime Sparkling beverage in the Philippines. It continues to be at the heart of where the action is by refreshing millions of Filipino teens with its hit of sudden refreshment that truly quenches their thirst so they can be refreshingly clear with themselves.

Be refreshingly clear with Sprite.

About SOLARtv Network Inc.

Solar Television Network, Inc. was incorporated on November 29, 2009, an affiliate of Solar Entertainment Corporation. It has been the Philippine Rights holder of the NBA since 2001. With 10 free and cable channels under its management, sports and basketball have been a major part of Solar’s programming.

Together with the NBA, it is committed to develop the sport amongst the Filipino audience by making NBA available in every Filipino home.

About the NBA

The NBA, founded in 1946, is a professional sports league and global business that features 30 teams in the United States and Canada.  During the 2010-11 season, NBA games will reach 215 countries and territories in more than 40 languages.  Official NBA rosters currently feature 83 players from 40 countries and territories.  NBA merchandise is sold in more than 125,000 stores in 100 countries on six continents.  NBA.com averages more than 26 million page views per day, with more than 50 percent of the site’s visitors coming from outside of North America.  The NBA is the No. 1 U.S. sports league on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, with the most fans, followers, and videos viewed on each, respectively.

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