Jr. NBA Philippines Presented By Alaska To Encourage Youth Basketball Participation


The Jr. NBA Philippines 2017 presented by Alaska returns this year to encourage youth basketball participation suggests fundamental skills and core values of the game at the grassroots level in an effort to help grow and improve the youths basketball experience for players, coaches and parents. In addition to, Jr. NBA Philippines will introduce you to a court refurbishment initiative that will revitalize a community court through the NBA Cares platform.

The Jr. NBA Philippines 2017 presented by Alaska is free and open to boys and girls ages 10 to 14 and is comprised of our four stages: skills clinics in schools and communities, Regional Selection Camps, a National Training Camp and an NBA experience trip.

The skills clinics will be held nationwide from January through April with stops in Bacolod, Cagayan de Oro, Cavite, Cebu, Metro Manila and Subic. The Regional Selection Camps will be held in Cagayan de Oro (Feb. 11-12), Lucena (Feb. 25-26), Cebu (March 11-12) and Metro Manila (April 1-2), with the top 37 boys and 37 girls advancing to the National Training Camp in Manila on May 12-14, which will feature an NBA and WNBA player or legend. The program will culminate with the selection of 16 Jr. NBA All-Stars, comprised of eight boys and eight girls, will embark on an overseas NBA experience trip with fellow Jr. NBA All-Stars from Southeast Asia.

Seven boys and five girls have passed the Regional Selection Camp in Cagayan de Oro to represent Mindanao in Jr. NBA National Training Camp in May 2107. We’re still on a lookout for twenty-five.

The 2017 edition of Jr. NBA Philippines will begin the search for the Jr. NBA Coach of the Year, led by Jr. NBA Head Coaches Craig Brown and Chris Sumner with Alaska Power Camp Coach Jeff Cariaso. Fourteen Jr. NBA coaches will be selected as finalists and trained at the National Training Camp, with two Jr. NBA Coaches of the Year awarded with an NBA experience trip.

Two Jr. NBA Philippines Alumni Aljon Mariano and Raphael Banal are currently playing in the Philippine Basketball Association. One Jr. NBA Philippines Alumnus Kobe Paras plays for Creighton University, an NCAA Division I team.

“We are proud that Jr. NBA Philippines has established itself as one of the country’s premier youth basketball programs and shaped well-rounded athletes including Aljon Mariano, Kiefer Ravena, Kobe Paras, Kyla Flores and Rozie Amatong who inspire Filipino youth to fulfill their potential,” said Alaska Milk Corporation Marketing Director Blen Fernando. “As partners of the NBA, Alaska Milk is committed to serving more Filipino children and families with affordable nutrition and providing first-rate training to guide their pursuit of becoming champions in life.”

Online registration is still open at http://www.jrnba.asia/philippines.

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