Jr. NBA Philippines to visit 40 locations to reach more aspiring basketball players
The eight best Jr. NBA and 8 Jr. WNBA aspirants in the national camp will comprise the All Star squad that will travel with fellow Jr. NBA All-Stars from Southeast Asia for an NBA trip later in the year.   

JR NBA Philippines will travel to 40 locations in the country as it tries to reach more aspiring young players from January to March.

Clinics will be held in Bacolod, Batangas, Cagayan De Oro, Cavite, Cebu, Metro Manila and Subic.

The top players from the clinics will get the chance to showcase their talents during the Regional Selection Camps set in Cagayan de Oro City on February 11 and 12, Lucena City on February 25 and 26, Cebu City on March 11 and 12, and Makati City on April 1 and 2.

From the Regional Selection Camps, the top 37 boys and 37 girls advance to the National Training Camp in Manila.

The eight best Jr. NBA and 8 Jr. WNBA aspirants in the national camp will comprise the All Star squad that will travel with fellow Jr. NBA All-Stars from Southeast Asia for an NBA trip later in the year.

Led by officials from NBA Asia, Alaska Milk Corp., corporate partners and coaches, the annual grassroots basketball program opened its 10th staging in the country on Saturday at the Don Bosco Technical Institute in Makati City.

“The Jr. NBA Program is a great fit with Alaska’s mission to nurture young talents and to promote healthy and active lifestyle through sports and outdoor play,” said Wilfred Uytengsu, Alaska Milk Corporation president and CEO.

“We seek to encourage the youth by not just developing their skills but also their values,” added Uytengsu who also announced a new three-year extension between Alaska and the NBA.

Among its notable alumni are Kobe Paras, Kiefer Ravena and coach Aldin Ayo.

Among the Jr. NBA coaches are Jeff Cariaso, Willie Miller and Dickie Bachmann.  

“With Alaska as our partner, the Jr. NBA program has reached hundreds of schools and communities nationwide and benefited thousands of children, parents and coaches through grassroots activities like basketball training camps and school clinics, NBA Cares outreach projects, television programs and online initiatives,” said NBA Philippines managing director Carlo Singson.

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An NBA player and a WNBA legend will also visit the country to take part in the four-stage program.

The Jr. NBA Program emphasizes fundamental skills development and the formation of STAR values – Sportsmanship, Teamwork, Positive Attitude, and Respect.

The program is free and open to children ages 5 to 14 years old.  Interested participants and coaches may register online. For live updates, follow Alaska PlayPh on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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