Jr. NBA Philippines Presented By Alaska To Encourage Youth Basketball Participation


The Jr. NBA Philippines 2017 presented by Alaska returns this year to encourage youth basketball participation suggests fundamental skills and core values of the game at the grassroots level in an effort to help grow and improve the youths basketball experience for players, coaches and parents. In addition to, Jr. NBA Philippines will introduce you to a court refurbishment initiative that will revitalize a community court through the NBA Cares platform.

The Jr. NBA Philippines 2017 presented by Alaska is free and open to boys and girls ages 10 to 14 and is comprised of our four stages: skills clinics in schools and communities, Regional Selection Camps, a National Training Camp and an NBA experience trip.

The skills clinics will be held nationwide from January through April with stops in Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Cavite, Cebu, Metro Manila and Subic. The Regional Selection Camps will be held in Cagayan de Oro (Feb. 11-12), Lucena (Feb. 25-26), Cebu (March 11-12) and Metro Manila (April 1-2), with the top 37 boys and 37 girls advancing to the National Training Camp in Manila on May 12-14, which will feature an NBA and WNBA player or legend. The program will culminate with the selection of 16 Jr. NBA All-Stars, comprised of eight boys and eight girls, will embark on an overseas NBA experience trip with fellow Jr. NBA All-Stars from Southeast Asia.

Seven boys and five girls have passed the Regional Selection Camp in Cagayan de Oro to represent Mindanao in Jr. NBA National Training Camp in May 2107. We’re still on a lookout for twenty-five.

The 2017 edition of Jr. NBA Philippines will begin the search for the Jr. NBA Coach of the Year, led by Jr. NBA Head Coaches Craig Brown and Chris Sumner with Alaska Power Camp Coach Jeff Cariaso. Fourteen Jr. NBA coaches will be selected as finalists and trained at the National Training Camp, with two Jr. NBA Coaches of the Year awarded with an NBA experience trip.

Two Jr. NBA Philippines Alumni Aljon Mariano and Raphael Banal are currently playing in the Philippine Basketball Association. One Jr. NBA Philippines Alumnus Kobe Paras plays for Creighton University, an NCAA Division I team.

“We are proud that Jr. NBA Philippines has established itself as one of the country’s premier youth basketball programs and shaped well-rounded athletes including Aljon Mariano, Kiefer Ravena, Kobe Paras, Kyla Flores and Rozie Amatong who inspire Filipino youth to fulfill their potential,” said Alaska Milk Corporation Marketing Director Blen Fernando. “As partners of the NBA, Alaska Milk is committed to serving more Filipino children and families with affordable nutrition and providing first-rate training to guide their pursuit of becoming champions in life.”

Online registration is still open at http://www.jrnba.asia/philippines.

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Pinoyfitness 10K Sub1 Challenge Year 5


Pinoyfitness 10K Sub1 Challenge Race shirt, finisher shirt and medal.

Pinoyfitness 10K Sub1 Challenge Race shirt, finisher shirt and medal.

On its fifth year, Pinoyfitness puts up one more a challenge for the runners to take – the Pinoyfitness 10K Sub1 Challenge. As the name implies, the race is all-exclusive to 10k race distance only. To cater to different fitness levels of the runners, there are three waves that they choose to join in – “Planet Sports Wave”, “GNC Wave”, and “Walker Wave”, released separately.

Whilst online registration is still ongoing, runners can head on to on-ground registration sites.

Pinoyfitness 10K Sub1 Challenge
26 March 2017
SM MOA by the Bay
Gun start (TBA)

Online Registration: ongoing until 28 February
Visit www.pinoyfitness.com

On-ground Registration: ongoing until 19 March
Visit the following stores:

1. Planet Sports

  • Glorietta
  • UP Town Center

*Enjoy the exclusive 20% discount on New Balance, K-Swiss, Arena, Adidas, Nike and Asics)

2. GNC Stores

  • SM Mall of Asia
  • Trinoma
  • SM Megamall
  • Alabang Town Center

*Get a Gold Card and avail of the 20% discount on all products valid within the year.

3. New Balance BHS

Prizes:

To reward the runners for their hardwork, Top 3 Male and Female in each wave will win exciting surprises from the race organiser and sponsors.

More exclusive surprises await the dominating Top 3 Male and Female of the race,

Feel Better, Perform Better With Active Release Technique By Coach PJ Rivera


Feel Better, Perform Better with Active Release Technique by Coach PJ Rivera.

Feel Better, Perform Better with Active Release Technique by Coach PJ Rivera.

We aspire to create a better version of ourselves. That’s why we keep on training.

As endurance athletes, we train to withstand pain. And in the long run, we developed a high tolerance for it. Just when we thought that the physical pain we feel is nothing more than just having delayed onset of muscle soreness, we overlooked the fact that our body needs to rest and recover. This is because the mindset of most athletes is that daily training is paramount to better performance. Even if the pain becomes uncomfortable that could result to bad form or bad posture.

Pain is our body’s way of telling us to get that much needed rest; that there’s a need for a fix. Most often, we disregard this call and we end up injured squandering away months of training and preparations.

For quite sometime now, I felt that there’s been a decline in the quality of my training and even in my race performance due to recurring pains. I thought the pain has something to do with my tapered training due to my workload. Little did I know that I badly needed a treatment.

This prompted me to set an appointment with Coach PJ Rivera, who is no stranger to the world of sports and fitness, as he himself used to be a member of a track and field varsity team, and one of the founders of Trimac triathlon team. After his stint with the team, he went to the US to study and master the Active Release Technique (ART). Upon his return to the Philippines to practice ART, Coach PJ joined the Philippine Olympic team as the official healthcare provider, and is now into coaching runners and triathletes on top of his clinic hours.

Coach PJ Rivera is a triathlete, and now practices Active Release Technique, which is perfect for athletes.

Coach PJ Rivera is a triathlete, and now practices Active Release Technique, which is perfect for athletes.

Having a smorgasbord of pains, Coach PJ had to address my primary complaints. And guess what, for someone who’s physically active as I am, there were scarred tissues in my hamstrings, or commonly termed as tight muscles. Then there’s the uncomfortable pain in my ankles, shins, knees and lower back whenever I train or during races. Coach PJ went through each of the muscle groups and the connecting muscles with precision to loosen up them up. During the treatment, he suggested workout routines to help strengthen the muscles.

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The treatment went on for about 45 minutes to an hour, as Coach PJ went an extra mile of doing a holistic assessment of my condition. That’s when I learned that the muscles surrounding my chest are a tad tighter which made breathing a bit difficult during any physical activity. And there’s more! I apparently had an onset of stiff neck, too! Had I not gone for the treatment that early, the pain could’ve been worse.

Thanks to Coach PJ Rivera, who did an excellent job in making sure that pain isn’t something too grand to think about. Now, I can train and race better!

With Active Release Technique, I can do more. Feel Better. Perform Better.

The Lessons Of The 7-Eleven Skyway Marathon


run-7-eleven-2017-race-kit-claimingSince the time I have come to understand and embrace running as a lifestyle, I have become relentless about my carefully chosen battles, which means training for the scheduled race, and properly gearing up on race day.

The Run 7-Eleven 2017 race village was all perked up when I arrived to claim my race kit. Roughly a quarter before the 11pm gun start for 42K, most runners including myself joined our respective wave groups. And being my first marathon for the year, I was excited to set the bar for this distance. I had a pretty good start running alongside my dear friend Rhina up until about the 5th kilometre.

Running through the Skyway was quite overwhelming I must say. But at some point, it has made me feel invincible. As I picked up on my pace, I realised I have missed my personal electrolytes solution (oresol). So I had to make sure I hydrate whenever necessary. Hydration marshals politely offered unli-water and unli-sports drinks along the way, and even went an extra mile of peeling off the bananas before handing them to us. It was actually a good idea to prevent banana peels from being scattered along the route, which when stepped on can cause someone to slip. A group of marshals were chanting giving life to the Skyway and giving the runners that extra push just when the legs started to feel heavy.

The Skyway became a rendezvous for me and my friends whom I haven’t seen for a long time, it was a good venue to simply catch up and say hello to, reciprocated each other when there’s no one to boost our waning energy.

At the 22nd kilometre, I could feel my calves locking in. I came up to the medics team and asked for a sachet of oresol to prevent further depletion of my electrolytes (although I already filled my personal hydration bottle with Lightwater, which is always available in 7-Eleven stores!). Lack of proper nutrition plan resulted to leg cramps. It prompted me to slow down and even walk to release the tension in the muscles, and started running again as soon as I could.

Literally hard-earned 42k medal. #Run711

Literally hard-earned 42k medal. #Run711

I was targeting a 4:30 finish time. Due to recurring leg cramps, I had to accept the fact that it was seemingly possible as I still had about five kilometres to go. Like what I would always advise to the runners I’m training with, “Always listen to your body.” I had to play it by ear, even if it means going beyond my target time.

Finally, as I was going off the skyway towards the finish line, a myriad of thoughts came into my mind. There were quite a few important things that I fell short on. Lessons were learned.

Back at the race village, I changed into my fresh clothes and had two bowls of the delicious rice porridge. Tucked my hydration with me and by 6 in the morning, I was back in the Skyway to fulfil my marshal duties to make sure that runners are off the Skyway before it opens for the motorists.

Marshal duties. #Run711

Marshal duties. #Run711

Capturing the sunrise as seen from the Skyway. #Run711

Capturing the sunrise as seen from the Skyway. #Run711

The race has brought me to a realisation that running is not all about the medal, the finisher shirt and the loot bags after crossing the finish line. Running a marathon has taught me how to value training, discipline, respect, integrity and self-worth.

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