Alaska Basketball Camp Powers Up Summer 2012, Partners with Jr NBA


In a time of virtual sports games and one-ups, nothing still beats a real, sweaty, game of ball. This is, according to PBA sports legend and former Alaska Aces player Jojo Lastimosa. He heads the Alaska Basketball Power Camp, which opened its courts this summer to hundreds of kids, who want to learn a trick or two in the sport.

“With a real basketball game, they will experience how it is to work hard and sweat it out running from one side of the court to the other. They will also learn to communicate with other kids and become part of a team.”

Alaska Power Campers: Ryen Dizon, Andrei Friedrich Montserrat, Krystoffe Jimenez and Jaime Alfonso Senires. Not in photo: Maurice Rainer Caculitan

Since we’ve already selected the top 10 campers, Alaska Basketball Power Camp continues its partnership with Jr. NBA as they set up camps all over the country to promote and develop basketball. Ten of the best Alaska Basketball Power Campers will join 40 other kids from across the country for the Jr NBA-Alaska National Training Camp this May. They will be trained by NBA legend Luc Longley, a retired Chicago Bulls player who won three (3) consecutive NBA championships for the team. After the three-day intensive workshop, 10 kids out of the 50 will be selected to represent the country in international competitions against other Jr NBA teams abroad.

To make sure that the kids are up for the challenge, the camp has a series of drills and exercises that are designed to develop a particular basketball skill: dribbling, shooting, defense. Camp coaches are very hands on and are always there to show kids the correct ways to handle the ball. Even Coach Lastimosa participates in the lessons, one thing that he says makes the Alaska Basketball Power Camp different from other summer basketball camps in the country.

Another thing that separates the camp from other basketball clinics is the time given to scrimmages. According to Coach Lastimosa, they allot the last 30 to 45 minutes of the day to a basketball game so the kids will be able to apply the skills that they have learned in an actual game.

For Gabriel Bareja, the Alaska Basketball Power Camp is a training camp that brings out the best in him. It is the 13-year-old’s third year with the camp and according to him, he keeps coming back because every year, he keeps learning new things.

The Alaska Basketball Power Campers in training.

Besides teaching the basics in basketball, coaches also demand commitment and discipline. Kids are expected to be on time and if they want to keep up with the training, to be in shape by drinking milk, having 8-10 hours of sleep and eating well-balanced meals.

The coaches also emphasize the importance of listening to coaches and communicating with your teammates. A lot of the kids who started out shy in the Alaska Power Camp became more outgoing and confident when they graduated. Emelinda Espinosa, whose nine-year-old son Anthony enrolled this year for the first time, enthused at how he is more confident now.

Alaska Basketball Power Camp is a part of Alaska Milk Corporation’s own advocacy to shape, train, challenge and inspire kids to become champions in their and develop their positive values. Aside from it, Alaska also spearheads Alaska IronKids Triathlon Philippines, Alaska Football Power Camp.

*This is an official press statement from Alaska Power Camp.

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