JAN Zyrus de Ayre, Katreena Areola and six other kids made it through the first regional Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA camp at Benguet State University in Baguio over the weekend.
Also gaining spots in the National Training Camp in Manila in April from the Baguio camp conducted by Jr. NBA Philippines coach Craig Brown were Ric Ozner Gatuz, Vincent Madiwo, Rae Jemina Caba, Wrench Mason Roquid, Emmanuel Macaramas and Sergz Quitales.
The two-day Baguio camp kicked off a series of nationwide clinics that will select the best boys and girls aged 10-14 to become members of the Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA All-Star team, which will travel for an NBA experience along with the other top campers from Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia.
Last year, the Jr. NBA All-Stars went to China to watch the NBA Global Games in Shenzhen featuring the Charlotte Hornets and the Los Angeles Clippers.
The next regional selection camps will be held Feb. 27 and 28 in Davao followed by camps in Cebu (March 5 and 6) and Metro Manila (April 9 and 10). The top 50 boys and 24 girls will advance to the final selection stage in the National Training Camp in Manila set April 22 to 24. Also being held is a search for coaches who will handle the two teams.
The Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA, one of Alaska Milk’s programs that shape, train, challenge and inspire children to achieve their dreams and aspirations in life, is free and open to boys and girls born 2002 to 2006. For details, visit www.jrnba.asia/philippines.
“These holistic programs train children to be confident, disciplined and hardworking because Alaska Milk Corp. 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 marketing director Blen Fernando.
This year’s Jr NBA/WNBA program kicked off at Don Bosco Technical Institute Makati last month. 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.
NBA and WNBA players will attend the National Training Camp to inspire and help train 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 For 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.