GANON Baker, the world-renowned basketball trainer, skills coach, and motivational speaker, is taking his talents to Manila.
The Florida-based Baker will bring his sought-after training camp here and make it available to local basketball players who want to enhance their skills from an elite trainer who has worked closely with NBA stars like Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Chris Paul, Kyrie Irving, Deron Williams, Amare Stoudemire, and Vince Carter, among others.
His school, Elev8, has long drawn US-based and foreign basketball players and coaches to Florida.
Besides his Elev8 Camp, Baker also trains boys and girls for Nike Basketball and directs skills academies, including the Michael Jordan Brand Classics in Europe. He also travels the world to conduct camps, and this will be his first stop in Manila.
The Manila camp, called The Ganon Baker Basketball Camp Manila 2016, is being organized by local partner Eric Bañes, a certified skills coach and strength and conditioning specialist who has also trained at Ganon Baker’s high-performance Elev8 Sports Institute in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Former PBA pros turned coaches Mon Jose and Aris Dimaunahan will assist Bañes and Ganon Baker in the Manila camp. According to Bañes, the Baker Camp in Manila is a breakthrough event as local players can now avail of the much-acclaimed basketball program here and save on travel and lodging expenses to boot.
“This is a rare opportunity for coaches and players to take advantage of because people spend thousands of dollars to go to Florida to learn these basketball lessons from the master himself. Now they can save on travel expenses, board and lodging and other incidentals because he is coming to Manila," Bañes said.
"Training with Ganon Baker dramatically changes player performance and coaching approaches,” he added.
On its initial staging the Camp is targeting young players, boys and girls, 12 to 18 years old. It is also open to amateur and professional coaches who want to learn special drills and game approaches that provide the winning edge in basketball, such as separation dribbling, shooting, and attacking. Following the same Elev8 curriculum, the camp will also focus on defensive techniques and conditioning.
The Ganon Baker Camp will be held at the Ronac Center along Ortigas Avenue, San Juan City from May 16 to 20, 1 to 4 p.m. Coaches are invited to observe the sessions for a fee. Players and coaches may register at email@example.com or call (0917) 809-0067 for more information.