Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA visits Benguet State University for its Regional Selection Camp
The Regional Selection Camp in Benguet State University in La Trinidad, Benguet, held last February 20-21, 2016, is another proof that Filipinos love basketball so much that even young boys and girls from grassroots level in this province and nearby places put time and effort to join this important event. Aspiring kids, 10 to 14 years old put their skills to test to get their slots to join the National Training Camp in Manila on April 9-10 this year. But mere basketball skills are not enough to secure a place in a group of select boys and girls to bring them to Manila training camp. JrNBA/JrWNBA core S.T.A.R. values of Sportsmanship, Teamwork, positive Attitude, and Respect throughout the camp are instilled to these kids in the selection process as can be witnessed by coaches and parents alike during drills and scrimmages. These values are always in the mind of JrNBA/JrWNBA coaches to impart to these kids as they participate in sports as mentioned by their head coach, Craig Brown.
After the two-day camp, eight deserving kids gained their slots to be on top of 50 boys and 24 girls of almost 700 who joined in the regional selection. Jan Zyrus de Ayre and Katreena Areola lead Ric Ozner Gatuz, Vincent Madiwo, Rae Jemina Caba, Wrench Mason Roquid, Emmanuel Macaramas and Sergz Quitales.
The extra-ordinary training experience and camaraderie among players and coaches is priceless for both the selected few and the remaining participants who still have chances to participate in the future training camps of Jr. NBA / Jr. WNBA as long as they are age-qualified. I saw lots of happy faces, those who did not passed or may I say not lucky enough, still able to smile gleefully on my camera, hopeful to be selected in the next training camp. I’m also lucky to witness the whole selection process, able to feel like a ‘winner’ if selected, and still feel good if I didn’t make it to the top.
“These holistic programs train children to be confident, disciplined and hardworking because Alaska Milk Corporation aims to prepare them to be winners in life in the future,” Alaska Marketing Director Blen Fernando.
The Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Philippines 2016, presented by Alaska, is comprised of four stages: skills clinics in schools and communities, Regional Selection Camps, a National Training Camp and an NBA experience trip.
The program will culminate with the selection of ten Jr. NBA and five Jr. WNBA All-Stars who will travel on an overseas NBA experience trip together with fellow Jr. NBA All-Stars from Southeast Asia.
Here’s the calendar of activities of Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA for 2016:
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