Jr. NBA /Jr. WNBA Philippines Encourages Youth Basketball Participation


The Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Philippines kicks off its ninth season on January 23, 2016 at Don Bosco, Makati. The program is open to boys and girls, 10 to 14 years who have the heart for basketball.

Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA, the league’s global youth basketball participation program for boys and girls, teaches the fundamental skills as well as the core values of the game at the grassroots level in an effort to help grow and improve the youth basketball experience for players, coaches and parents.

The Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Philippines presented by Alaska has four phases: (1) Skills clinics, (2) Regional Selection Camp, (3) National Training Camp, and (4) the NBA Experience.

The Skills clinics will be conducted in various schools and communities nationwide from January through April with stops in Bukidnon, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Dagupan, Davao, Iloilo, Puerto Princesa and Metro Manila, with first time locations in Batangas, Catanduanes and Cavite. Select players from these clinics will have the opportunity to showcase their skills in tryouts during the Regional Selection Camps.

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The Regional Selection Camp is a venue for players with the right skill set who envision to be part of the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA All Star Team. So, if you got what it takes, carefully plan your vacations and block off your calendar for the following Regional Selection Camps:

Baguio: February 20 – 21
Davao: February 27 – 28
Cebu: March 5 – 6
Metro Manila: April 9 – 10

There will also be a selection camp exclusive for the participants of the Alaska Basketball Powercamp to be conducted separately.

The top 50 boys and 24 girls from these selection camps will advance to the National Training Camp in Manila on April 22 -24.

The National Training Camp is final stage for the selection of the Top 1p Jr. NBA and Top 5 Jr. WNBA Philippines All Star Team. All 50 boys and 24 girls will showcase their skills during team games and scrimmages. The players’ on-court and off-court character also factors in as the coaches are looking for players who have exhibit the STAR Values. These STAR values are Sportsmanship, Teamwork, positive Attitude and Respect. The participants of the National Training Camp have the privilege to train under the expertise of an NBA player or NBA legend, who will help facilitate the training.

2.Jr NBA Jr WNBA Philippines 2016 presented by Alaska tip off program with open clinics for Filipino youth

The National Training Camp also features selected Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA All Star Alumni for the annual All Star Exhibition Game.

The fourth and final phase of the program is the NBA Experience, where the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Philippines All Star Team will get to travel overseas with fellow Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA All Star teams from Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia and Vietnam, and watch an NBA game live – all expense paid! The NBA Experience trip will also feature friendly games with other Southeast Asia all star teams.

“The Jr. NBA Philippines is the league’s longest-running youth basketball program outside the United States,” said NBA Philippines Managing Director Carlo Singson.

Jr. NBA Philippines alumni showcase their skills in an exhibition game.

“The program continues to positively impact the lives of children, parents, and coaches, and reinforces the positive values that go beyond the four corners of the court. Together with Alaska, we are committed to providing world-class basketball instruction to more communities to further our mission of encouraging an active lifestyle among Filipino youth.”

“These holistic programs train children to be confident, disciplined and hardworking because Alaska Milk Corporation aims to prepare them to be winners in life in the future,” said Alaska Marketing Director Blen Fernando.

“Moreover, this year’s program includes new locations such as Batangas, Catanduanes and Cavite to reach more children and coaches and discover unique talents across the country.”

Interested basketball coaches can also join the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Philippines by signing up for the Coach of the Year program. From among the pool of sign ups, ten Jr. NBA and four Jr. WNBA coaches will be selected to participate and train during the National Training Camp. The Coach of the Year program is be led by Jr. NBA Head Coaches Craig Brown and Chris Sumner along with Alaska Power Camp Coach Jeff Cariaso. Sign ups will commence on January 22, 2016.

Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Philippines 2015 All-Stars with Philadelphia 76er Nerlens Noel and WNBA Legend Ruth Riley.

In 2015, the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Philippines All Star Team travelled to Shenzhen, China to watch the NBA Global Games featuring the Charlotte Hornets and the L. A. Clippers.

To date, more than 36,000 players and 2,700 coaches have participated in the Jr. NBA Philippines program since 2007.

This year, the global program eyes to reach more than 6.5 million youths across 32 countries.

Through the promotion of proper nutrition and an active lifestyle, Jr. NBA /Jr. WNBA presented by Alaska continues to be an effective platform in implementing Alaska Milk’s NUTRITION.ACTION.CHAMPION. program that helps address the issue of overweight and undernourished children in the Philippines.

The Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Philippines will run from January 23 to April 24, 2016.

For interested players and coaches, register now at www.jrnba.asia/philippines.

For more updates, visit the official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/jrnbaphilippines.

For more on Alaska Milk Corporation and the Alaska Sports Program, www.alaskamilk.com and www.playph.com.

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