USA Badminton’s Three-time Olympian Kevin Han Starts Job with the NBA as Director of Basketball Operations for China

Jan. 23, 2009, 1:31 p.m. (ET)

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.

Han is the most decorated athlete in USA Badminton history.  He represented the United States of America at the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games in Atlanta, Ga., Sydney, Australia and Athens, Greece respectively.  He won gold medals in both the 1999 and 2003 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.  He is a 13-time USA Badminton National Champion and was honored by the United States Olympic Committee as the Badminton Athlete of the Year by the United States Olympic Committee for nine consecutive years (1994-2002).

While training and competing, Han spent time in the late 1990's as a resident athlete at the United States Olympic Complex in Colorado Springs, Colo.  While living in Colorado Springs, he also attended the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, where he received his Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration.  Upon graduation, he worked for Worldcom/Electronic Data Systems (EDS), in Colorado Springs, as a Systems Analyst, Enterprise Automated Solutions from 1999-2002.  In 2002 Han moved from Colorado Springs to Orange, Calif. to train at the Orange County Badminton Club.  While in Orange, he also participated in the Home Depot's Olympic Job Opportunity Program from 2002-2004 as an Operations Specialist for the Home Depot, providing support for over 80 users and desktop support for over 250 internal users.

Born in Shanghai, China on November 25, 1972, Han has returned to his home country to work for one of the premier sporting organizations (NBA) of his adopted country, the United States of America.  In his NBA position, Han is based out of Beijing, China.

For more information, please contact Cecil Bleiker, NGB Media Services Director for USA Badminton at 719-866-4608.  This press release is also available on the USOC's media specific website at http://www.usocpressbox.org/.

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