Jr.NBA and Jr.WNBA Presented by Alaska search for best basketball players continues in Davao

The Jr.NBA and Jr.WNBA presented by Alaska continues its search for the best basketball players in the country in the second leg of the Regional Selection Camp held at the Ateneo de Davao University (Grade School, High School at Matina Campus) on February 27 and 28, 2016.

Boys and girls may join the search for the ten best boy and five best girl basketball players who will become members of the Jr.NBA and Jr.WNBA All-Star team. There is also a search for the boys and girls coaches who will handle the two teams. The All-Star Team will travel overseas for their NBA experience trip together with fellow Jr. NBA All-Stars from Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia.

After the two-day camp, four girls and seven boys have made it through to the Jr. NBA-WNBA National Training Camp to be held at Don Bosco Technical Institute and SM MOA on April 22-23 and April 24, 2016, respectively.

The top four girls are Kate Buenaventura, 13 (Ateneo de Davao), Aloha Marie Betanio, 12 (Malaybalay City Central School), Marcilla Grace Dellosa, 14 (Bangoy National Highschool) and Rozie Amatong, 11 (Modern International Learning Center).

The top seven boys are Tryon Limar Langala, 14 (St. Mary’s School), Alfonso Candari, 13 (Ateneo de Davao), Rysan Villasenda, 13 (Holy Child College of Davao), Anscar Mamac, 14, (Holy Child College of Davao), Lance Centeno, 13 (Ateneo de Davao), Joven Neil Deligero, 13 (Daniel R. Aguinaldo National Highschool) and Louis Andre Joring, 13 (St. Mary’s School).

The Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA Presented by Alaska is one of Alaska Milk’s programs that shape, train, challenge and inspire children to achieve their dreams and aspirations in life.

“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. This year’s program includes new locations such as Batangas, Catanduanes and Cavite to reach more children and coaches and discover the best basketball players across the country,” said Blen Fernando, Marketing Director.

The 2011 National Nutrition Survey conducted by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI) revealed that three out of ten children aged 5-10 years were underweight while eight out of one hundred children of the same age were overweight, making malnutrition and obesity two of the most pressing nutritional problems in the Philippines today.

The Jr.NBA and Jr.WNBA presented by Alaska is under Alaska Milk’s Nutrition.Action.Champion program. It helps address the issue of overweight and undernourished Filipino children with the promotion of proper nutrition and active lifestyle through sports and outdoor play.

This year’s program started with the tip-off at Don Bosco Technical Institute Makati last Jan. 23. School clinics, that teach the fundamentals of basketball, will run until April with stops in Bukidnon, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Dagupan, Davao, Iloilo, Metro Manila and Puerto Princesa. New locations include Batangas, Catanduanes and Cavite.

Other than Davao, there will also be Regional Selection Camps in Cebu on March 5-6 and Metro Manila on April 9-10.  The top 50 boys and 24 girls from the Regional Selection Camps will advance to the final selection stage in the National Training Camp in Manila on April 22-24.

NBA and WNBA players or legends will attend the National Training Camp to help train and inspire the finalists. The program will culminate with the selection of ten Jr. NBA and five Jr. WNBA All-Stars.

More than 36,000 players and 2,700 coaches have participated in the program since it started in the Philippines in 2007. During the 2015-16 season, the Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA program will reach more than 6.5 million youth in 32 countries.

The Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA is the league’s global youth basketball participation program for boys and girls which 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.

For general information about Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA Philippines presented by Alaska please visit www.jrnba.asia/philippines, www.alaskamilk.com, and   www.alaskapowercamp.com/basketball

For live updates log on to www.playph.com, Instagram @AlaskaPlayPh and Twitter @PlayPh

You may also use the hashtags #jrnba #jrwnba on your social media posts.


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