Jr. NBA-WNBA Philippine All Stars Live the NBA Experience

The Jr. NBA-WNBA All Stars - Southeast Asia

The Jr. NBA-WNBA All Stars – Southeast Asia

Nine boys and five girls, and two Coaches of the Year comprising the Jr. NBA-WNBAPhilippine All Stars travelled for an all-expense paid NBA Experience in Beijing. The Jr. NBA-WNBA champions, who were drafted from the National Training Camp in April this year, joined the other All Star teams from Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia. During the send-off party at the NBA Café Manila, the young champions were briefed with the dos and don’ts of the tour, and reminding them to brace the Jr. NBA STAR values at all times. Each also received a $100 pocket money.

The four day trip included visits to the famous tourist destinations in the heart of China’s capital city like the Olympic Park Stadium, Beijing Hutongs, The Great Wall, watched the world-class Chinese Acrobat show and tried their hands on the face mask painting at the DIY Traditional Chinese Crafts centre. On top of all the daily tours, two of the major highlights of the tour are the visit to the NBA Yao School, where the Philippine All Stars played friendly games with the students of the school, and the opportunity to train with the Yao School coaches. The visit to the NBA Yao School wouldn’t be complete without meeting the NBA legend Yao Ming, along with two other NBA stars Peja Stojakovic and Vlade Divac.

The NBA Experience is more than just a tour and basketball. It’s about building friendship and fostering camaraderie among the Jr. NBA-WNBA South East Asian All Stars through sports. They get to hang out with other champions during meals, bus rides and friendly games, as they are being mixed with other All Star teams. Despite their different cultural orientation, they all got along well and had fun at the same time. Basketball, like any other sports, transcends all languages and cultures.

On October 15, the young champions had the chance to watch Brooklyn Nets and Sacramento Kings play during the NBA Global Games at the MasterCard Centre in the heart of Beijing. Excitement could be traced in their faces as they games rolled. While the game was going on, Jr. NBA-WNBA All Stars were acknowledged, asked to stand up and wave to thousands of spectators in the MasterCard Centre. It was a one-of-a-kind moment to the young hoopsters.

The NBA Experience taught the young champions to look at basketball and to see life in a different perspective. While everyone young boy or girl can play basketball, not everyone gets the chance to play as a school varsity. Moreso, to train with Jr. NBA coaches, travel to a different city outside the Philippines and meet other young basketball enthusiasts. They’re the hardworking chosen few and the privileged. The ones who truly deserve a fine dining treatment and a five-star hotel accommodation. However, on top of these privileges, they have a resposinbility to fulfill, and that is to encourage more children their age to embrace a healthy and active lifestyle by engaging in sports, and inspire them to be champions life.

Jr. NBA-WNBA Philippines is presented by Alaska.

To know more about the program, please visit http://www.jrnba.asia/philippines.

For more Alaska Sports program, please visit http://www.alaskamilk.com.

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