KAI Zachary Sotto leads 18 players from the Philippines named to the Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA All-Star teams from Southeast Asia that will travel to China to undergo advance training and, as a bonus, watch the NBA Global Games in Shanghai.
The NBA and Alaska Milk Corporation announced on Tuesday that 90 boys and girls aged 10 to 14 included in the Jr. NBA All-Stars from Southeast Asia will witness the preseason match between the Houston Rockets and the New Orleans Pelicans on October 9 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.
Joining Sotto are Tracy Carl Dadang, Fritz Felix Valencia, Harold Alarcon, Julian Jugo, Miguel Tan, Andrei Philip Lechoncito, Rhic Gatuz, Jearico Nuñez, Isaiah Blanco Hontiveros, Rozie Amatong, Florence Jill Talas, Aloha Marie Betanio, Ma. Cecilia Quelenderino, and Darlene Regasajo.
The Philippine representatives will join fellow players from Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, and, for the first time, Singapore, where they will meet NBA players and legends, and undergo additional training during their visit.
“Our Jr. NBA All-Stars will once again embark on an unforgettable journey where they will get to experience a foreign country, take part in advanced basketball training and watch a live NBA game, all while engaging with their counterparts from Southeast Asia,” said NBA Asia vice president, global partnerships and events Francesco Suarez in a statement.
“This gathering creates lifelong memories and friendships for our participants, and we will continue providing even more youth with opportunities like this in the years to come,” Suarez added.
Alaska Milk Corporation president and chief executive officer Wilfred Steven Uytengsu congratulated the Jr. NBA Philippine All-Stars.
“Through Alaska Milk’s Nutrition.Action.Champion. program and our partnership with the NBA, we have been able to help fuel the basketball dreams and life aspirations of thousands of children across the country. This collaboration is an important element of our long-standing Nutrition.Action.Champion. campaign.
“By leveraging on this initiative, Alaska Milk was able to proactively educate families and children on the important role of drinking milk and getting into sports to achieve a healthy and active lifestyle,” said Uytengsu.