Jr. NBA kicks off 7th year, adds Jr. WNBA

By Aldo Avinante for Philippines

MANILA, Philippines – Jr. NBA, once again supported by Alaska, is back in the Philippines for the seventh consecutive year, officially tipping off at the British School Manila Saturday (Jan. 18). The Jr. NBA, a youth camp for basketball players aged 10-14, will add the Jr. WNBA program for exclusively for girls.

“Jr. NBA Philippines is going in its seventh year and with the launch of the Jr. WNBA program, we will reach even more youth players, especially girls, to help promote active lifestyles and harness their talents to compete on a national scale,” said Carlo Singson, NBA Country Manager for Philippines.

Jr. NBA is the league’s international youth development program that promotes basketball participation, sportsmanship and teamwork among children. The 2014 schedule will have  regional selection camps in Cebu, Puerto Princesa, Dagupan and for the first time in Surigao and Iloilo city, reaching over 500 schools nationwide.

“We are excited to jumpstart another active year of Alaska sports with the return of the Jr.NBA program. This year both girl and boy players will get the opportunity to participate in school clinics and selection camps in numerous venues across the country, we are looking forward to our largest and most successful program yet,” said Wilfred Uytengsu, President and CEO of Alaska Milk Corporation.

The search for the 2014 Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA Coach of the year also began Saturday, kicking off with a  coaching clinic at the British School Manila. A total of 294 coaches attended the first coaches’ clinic for the year.

Regional selection camps for the best players will be held in March and April, with the top 50 boys and 24 girls from all over the country participating in the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA National Training Camp in Manila from April 25-27.

The National Training Camp will culminate with the selection of 10 Jr. NBA and 4 Jr. WNBA All-Stars, who will be entitled to a unique NBA experience later in the year.

Jr. NBA alumni we’re invited to grace the event, and a video highlight of their NBA experience was shown to the crowd of coaches, parents and players present at the venue. The video showed the players traveling to Los Angeles, California to receive a donation from the Lakers organization headed by superstar Kobe Bryant.

“The best thing we got from the Jr. NBA is learning the Star Values that were instilled in us by the coaches. We will uphold them,” said Richie Rivero, a 2013 Jr. NBA alumni.

Registration is ongoing through the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA event website Fans can also follow on Facebook at www.facebook/jrnbaphilippines.

Photo: Carlo Singson, NBA Asia Country Manager-Philippines and Wilfred Stephen Uytengsu, President and CEO, Alaska officially launch Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA Philippines 2014 presented by Alaska. The event tipped off Saturday, January 18, with a Coaches Clinic at the British School in Taguig City. A total of 294 coaches attended the first coaches clinic for the year. The first School Clinic of the season starts Sunday, January 19 also at the British School.

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