THE Jr. NBA/Jr. NBA Philippines 2014 drew hundreds of children to its basketball clinics, the first phase of a program that gives top young players a chance to take part in a unique NBA experience and play against a counterpart team from another country later in the year.
A total of 274 girls and boys joined the clinics over the weekend at the Aurora Quezon Elementary School in Malate, 242 boys from Claret School in Quezon City participated, while 164 boys and four girls in Taguig took part in the NBA-style basketball training program that underscores the core values of Sportsmanship, Teamwork, a positive Attitude and Respect (STAR).
Clinics were also held earlier this month at St. Francis School in Sta. Ana, Manila, Aquinas School in San Juan City, Escuela de Sophia in Caloocan City and Kalayaan National High School in Pasay City.
San Andres Sports Center in Malate is set to host another clinic on February 21, Assumption Antipolo on February 22, the University of Rizal System in Antipolo on February 23, Mother of Divine Providence School in Marikina City on February 28, St. Theresa’s College Quezon City on March 1 and March 8 at the Muntinlupa Sports Complex.
The clinics at San Andres Sports Center, University of Rizal System and the Muntinlupa Sports Complex are open clinics while the rest are exclusive for the students of said schools.
Regional Selection Camps, the second phase of the program, will be held in March and April.
The top 50 boys and top 24 girls from all over the country will participate in the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA National Training Camp in Manila from April 25 to 27. A selection of 10 Jr. NBA and 4 Jr. WNBA All-Stars will then be chosen for a unique NBA experience and the opportunity to play against a counterpart team from another country later in the year.
All clinics and stages of the Jr. NBA Philippines Program are absolutely free.