02-28-2009, 02:38 PM #18
USA Badminton’s Three-time Olympian Kevin Han Starts Job with the NBA as Director of Basketball Operations for China
USA Badminton January 23, 2009
USA Badminton's Three-time Olympian Kevin Han Starts Job with the NBA as Director of Basketball Operations for China
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Kevin Han, a three-time Olympian (1996, 2000 and 2004) and the most decorated athlete in USA Badminton history, is returning to the country of his birth as his career advances as the Director of Basketball Operations for China. Han most recently worked for the United States Olympic Committee as a Manager in the Sport Partnerships Division. Han joined the USOC in January 2006 as a part of the USOC Management Development Program. After being hired full-time as a Manager of Sport Partnerships in August 2006, Han's cultural knowledge of China and his linguistic ability to speak both Mandarin and English made him a valuable liaison for the U.S. Olympic Committee with China as the USOC made preparations for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. Han plans to use his expertise in this area to help the NBA further its growth in China. While at the USOC, Han pursued graduate studies at Regis University in Denver Colo. Han graduated summa cum laude from Regis University with his Masters of Business Administration degree in International Business in 2008. In December 2008, Han was honored by USOC Chief Executive Officer Jim Scherr with the USOC's inaugural CEO Award of Excellence as the organization's employee of the year.
In his new position with the NBA, Han is responsible for developing and overseeing the Basketball Operations Department in China. His duties include developing a comprehensive knowledge base and expertise of the entire spectrum of the local basketball landscape ranging from junior programs up through professional leagues. Han will develop an extensive database of key basketball contacts both nationally and regionally that will include sports administrators, players, coaches and trainers, etc. He will recruit, train and develop a group of local basketball ‘people' who can be the foundation for future NBA operations. By developing detailed lists of all basketball related activities across the market, he will consult, design and input into grassroots initiatives; from basketball camps and clinics to events and basketball academies. Han will be influential to the NBA's international initiatives by contributing into the development of the Country Strategic Business Plan by ensuring an understanding of basketball on the ‘ground'. The NBA will look for Han to provide leadership in the shaping of major basketball events and ensuring the quality of basketball events in China is high.
03-01-2009, 02:54 AM #19
Obviously, basketball is where the money is... but it's a shame that his talents aren't being used to develop badminton instead
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