Jr. NBA – WNBA Philippines Presented by Alaska Season 9 Kicks Off with a Coaches’ and Skills Clinic


The Jr. NBA – WNBA Philippines presented by Alaska officially opened its ninth season with a coaches’ clinic and skills clinic at Don Bosco Technical Institute on January 23, 2016.

In junior basketball, the Jr. NBA – WNBA Philippines presented by Alaska is one of the most anticipated sports program, which is participated in by young male and female ballers between the ages of 10 to 14. Pure excitement and ardent passion for the sports traced the faces of the young athletes as they queued to register at the entrance of the venue leading to the covered courts.

Jr. NBA-WNBA Philippines Skills Clinic participants during the Tip-Off event at Don Bosco Technical Institute, Makati.

Jr. NBA-WNBA Philippines Skills Clinic participants during the Tip-Off event at Don Bosco Technical Institute, Makati.

The 2016 edition of the longest running junior basketball program outside of the United States was formally launched with a milk toast by Alaska Milk’s VP for Marketing Ms. Blen Fernando and NBA Philippines Country Manager Mr. Carlo Singson. As with the previous kick off ceremonies, this year’s kick-off ceremony was also attended by Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA All Star Alumni. Among those came included Tyler Tio, Ricci Rivero, Kyla Flores, Janjan Jaboneta, Vince Dolendo, Miguel Competente, Luigi Velasco, Robert Castro and Lloyd Oliva who shared their insights to the participants and how the program helped them to become better players and champions in life, in general.

Kyla Flores, the lone Jr. WNBA All Star who graced the event gladly shared that her stint in the program gave her the confidence to “teach other kids the proper techniques and basketball skills.”

The Jr. NBA & Jr. WNBA All Stars Kyla, Robby and Lloyd later on got themselves in a 3-on-3 with some of the participants during the break.

Aside from the Philippine all star alumni, it was truly more fun to see E-Cow and Harry the Hawk of NBA’s Atlanta Hawks hyping up and entertaining the crowd with their tactics. They each invited a player from among the participants to join them in a special dance showdown.

With the help of the Jr. NBA Philippines coaches headed by Chris Sumner, the skills clinic saw the participants tackle different basketball fundamental skills such as dribbling, layups, shooting, passing, footwork and proper defense. Aside from teaching them the basic basketball skills, the participants also learned the importance of proper nutrition in order for them to achieve their goals and become champions in life.

Jr. NBA Philippines All Star Alumni Ricci Rivero, Luigi Velasco, Tyler Tio, Janjan Jaboneta & Vince Dolendo at the tip-off ceremony.

These sports program aim to address the growing issue of undernutrition among the children during their developmental years, which is from 10 to14 years old. With proper nutrition, children can lead an active lifestyle that will help them develop positive values and gain the right skills. These values combined with the right skills will prepare them to become better athletes and individuals in the future. This is perfectly aligned with Alaska Milk’s NUTRITION.ACTION.CHAMPION. campaign.

Jr. NBA – WNBA Philippines presented by Alaska employs empowerment of coaches by engaging them in a coaches’ clinic. The coaches’ clinic is a specially designed program to help them see basketball in a different perspective, that basketball is not just about the skills and techniques while on-court but also exhibiting the STAR values. These STAR values are Sportsmanship, Teamwork, positive Attitude and Respect.

The skills clinic falls under Phase 1 of the Jr. NBA-WNBA Philippines presented by Alaska. The coaching team will visit different schools and communities. Phase 2 is the Regional Selection Camp where high potential athletes have the opportunity to make the cut of 10 boys and 5 girls forming the 2016 Philippine All Star team. Unrivalled privileges await this year’s all star team. In 2015, the all star team travelled to Shenzhen, China in an all-expense paid trip.

Watch out for the Jr. NBA-WNBA Philippines team in your area!

Open Clinics:
February 6: Philippine Christian University – Dasmarinas, Cavite
February 6 – 7: Dagupan City People’s Astrodome – Dagupan City
February 13: Lyceum University – Batangas City
March 12: Don Antonio De Zuzuarregui, Sr. Memorial Academy – Antipolo City
March 19: Don Bosco Technical College, Mandaluyong City

Regional Selection Camp:
February 20-21: St. Louis University Laboratory HS – Baguio City
February 27-28: Ateneo de Davao University – Davao City
March 5-6: Don Bosco Technical Centre – Cebu City
April 9-10: Don Bosco Technical Institute – Makati City

National Training Camp:
April 22-23: Don Bosco Technical Institute – Makati City
April 24: SM Mall of Asia Music Hall – Pasay City

For more information, visit www.jrnba.asia/philippines
Facebook: www.fb.com/jrnbaphilippines
Twitter: @PlayPh

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