Last Regional Selection Camp for Jr. NBA Philippines 2017 presented by Alaska at Don Bosco Makati April 1 and 2
Jr. NBA Philippines is holding its last Regional Selection Camp on April 1-2, 2017 at Don Bosco, Makati. Jr. NBA and Alaska Coaches will find the best young basketball talents in Manila. Finalists selected on Day 2 will advance to the National Training Camp on May 12-14, 2017 together with other finalists from past Regional Selection Camps in Lucena, Cagayan de Oro and Cebu where they will be trained by NBA talents.
MANILA, PHILIPPINES, March 27, 2017 – The fourth and last regional selection camp for Jr. NBA Philippines 2017 presented by Alaska will be held at Don Bosco Technical Institute in Makati on Saturday and Sunday, April 1 and 2, 2017 starting at 9 a.m.
This is the last chance for young ballers in the NCR and other provinces to participate in the National Basketball Association’s youth development program that has been touring different key cities and towns since January this year.
Boys and girls aged 10 to 14 are invited to participate in the learn-and-achieve camp that will test their physical and basketball smarts through NBA style skills tests and basketball drills. They will also learn the STAR values of Sportsmanship, Teamwork, a positive Attitude and Respect.
Vitals tests, skills tests and drills await participants on Day 1, during which the top performers of the day will be selected based on their scores in the vitals tests and skills challenges. On Day 2 participants will experience more intense drills, team activities and scrimmages that will determine the level of their basketball skills.
Jr. NBA coaches led by Coach Chris Sumner and local Jr. NBA coaches led by PBA Legend Jeffrey Cariaso will run the camp and make the final selection for the regional finalists. The selected players will advance to the next phase of the program and will represent the National Capital Region in the National Training Camp that will be held at Don Bosco Makati and the SM Mall of Asia on May 12-14.
At the NTC, the top performing eight boys and eight girls will be culled from the finalists of the regional selection camps held in Cagayan de Oro, Lucena, Cebu and Metro Manila and the Alaska Power Camp. The 16 ballers will be named this year’s Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA All-Stars and will enjoy a unique NBA experience later in the year that will also give them the opportunity to play with other Jr. NBA All-Stars from the Southeast Asian region.
Boys and girls born from January 1, 2003 to December 31, 2007 are encouraged to join the program by registering for the last Regional Selection Camp through the Jr. NBA event website . Registration and participation in the camp are absolutely free.
A record number of 1,114 boy and girl athletes attended the Manila Regional Selection Camp at Don Bosco Technical Institute in Makati on Saturday, April 9, 2016. This is the biggest number of Regional Selection Camp participants so far in the nine-year history of the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Philippines presented by Alaska.
The Manila Regional Selection Camp ended with selected 16 boys and 8 girls from the NCR who will join the regional finalists from Baguio, Davao and Cebu in the National Training Camp on April 22-24, 2016.
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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