Raptors give superfan Nav Bhatia a championship ring
The Toronto Raptors were in a giving mood on opening night of the 2019-20 NBA regular season.
After receiving their championship rings prior to tip-off of their home opener versus the New Orleans Pelicans, the Canada-based franchise rewarded one of their most loyal followers of all time.
Canadian business man Nav Bhatia, or most popularly known as the “Raptors Super Fan Nav” was presented with his very own NBA championship ring. The distinction makes him the first ever NBA fan to receive one and one of a select few non-organization people to do so.
Raptors General Manager Masai Ujiri personally handed Bhatia the ring.
“I mean, he’s a part of us,” he said of the devoted Bhatia, who has never missed a Raptors home game in the franchise’s 24-year history.
“He represents everything we are about,” he added, as per Joe Warmington of the Toronto Sun.
Bhatia, on the other hand, expressed his jubilation for being bestowed upon the honor usually reserved for key members of the organization.
“I am speechless. I dreamed of the Raptors winning a championship, but never that I would get a ring,” he said in the report.
Nav also took to Twitter to share the experience with Raptors fans all over the world.
I don’t know how to put this in words. Thank you to the greatest organization in sports for how much they care about their fans. I accept this championship ring on behalf of every @Raptors fan across the globe. Words do not express what this means to me. pic.twitter.com/iA5VE10V1K
— Nav Bhatia Superfan (@superfan_nav) October 23, 2019
Apart from being a sideline staple for every Raptors home games, Bhatia also runs Superfan Foundation, which brings diverse people in Canada and around the world together through basketball.
Aside from Bhatia, Toronto also gave a championship ring to their vocal global ambassador Drake.