Basketball superstar has local fans all a-Twitter over this month´s UAE visit [National, The (United Arab Emirates)]
(National, The (United Arab Emirates) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) DUBAI // A basketball legend has caused a social-media sensation with his latest post about his impending visit to the emirate.
Kobe Bryant´s Facebook post from last weekend has attracted more than 50,000 likes, nearly 2,000 shares and more than 600 comments from fans eager to see their idol in action. ¬ The post that caused the Facebook fervour read: »tixs to my Health & Fitness Weekend basketball game, presented by DMCC and organised by Maven Marketing Events, are on sale now at kobefitnessuae.com! Looking forward to seeing my Dubai fans soon.« ¬ As one of basketball´s most famous players, Bryant has more than 16 million Facebook fans and 3.3 million followers on Twitter. ¬ Comments included »Kobe Bryant is the number one« and »Kobe. You are the king. Can´t wait til next season. You will always be the greatest«. ¬ Bryant, 34, is fourth on the all-time NBA scoring charts behind greats Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone and Michael Jordan. He passed fellow Lakers star Wilt Chamberlain´s record in March. ¬ The Kobe Bryant Health and Fitness Weekend takes place on September 26 and 27, culminating in a basketball match between Bryant´s celebrity team and Real Madrid. ¬ The game will be played at the American University of Dubai, and after the match Bryant will judge a slam-dunk competition. ¬ Tickets for the event cost Dh250 for upper level, Dh495 for upper level premier, Dh795 for a VIP ticket, Dh3,500 for royal box, and Dh5,000 for a coveted courtside seat. ¬ The event is being held under the patronage of Sheikh Nahyan bin Mubarak, the Minister of Culture, Youth and Community Development, and has been organised by Maven Marketing and Events. ¬ It is part of a programme to promote healthier living through sport and to engage with fans, and will also give a handful of lucky youngsters a chance to receive coaching from the NBA great. ¬ One of the event´s organisers, Sarah Omolewu, said: »The lucky kids that win a chance to participate in the clinic will have the electrifying experience of getting to meet Kobe Bryant in addition to learning basketball techniques. ¬ »The objective is not only to offer fans a once-in-a-lifetime experience but to raise awareness of the importance of health and fitness.«firstname.lastname@example.org@ For more on the NBA, visit thenational.ae/topics
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