Jan Zyrus de Ayre and Katreena Areola lead six other children who made the grade dur-ing the first regional Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA camp presented by Alaska at Benguet State University in Baguio over the weekend.
Others who gained spots in the National Training Camp in Manila in April from the Ba-guio camp conducted by Jr. NBA Philippines coach Craig Brown were Ric Ozner Gatuz, Vincent Madiwo, Rae Jemina Caba, Wrench Mason Roquid, Emmanuel Macaramas and Sergz Quitales.
The two-day Baguio camp kicked off a series of nationwide clinics that will select the best boys and girls aged 10-14 to become members of the Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA All-Star team, which will travel for an NBA experience along with the other top campers from Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia.
Last year, the Jr. NBA All-Stars went to China to watch the NBA Global Games in Shenzhen featuring the Charlotte Hornets and the Los Angeles Clippers.
The next regional selection camps will be held on Feb. 27-28 in Davao followed by Cebu (March 5-6) and Metro Manila (April 9-10). The top 50 boys and 24 girls will advance to the final selection stage in the National Training Camp in Manila on April 22-24. There is also a search for the boys and girls coaches who will handle the two teams.
The Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA, one of Alaska Milk’s programs that shape, train, challenge and inspire children to achieve their dreams and aspirations in life, is free and open to boys and girls born 2002 to 2006. For details, visit www.jrnba.asia/philippines.
“These holistic programs train children to be confident, disciplined and hardworking be-cause Alaska Milk Corp. aims to prepare them to be winners in life in the future. This year’s program includes new locations such as Batangas, Catanduanes and Cavite to reach more children and coaches and discover the best basketball players across the coun-try,” said marketing director Blen Fernando.
This year’s Jr NBA/WNBA program kicked off at Don Bosco Technical Institute Makati last month. School clinics that teach the fundamentals of basketball will run till April with stops in Bukidnon, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Dagupan, Davao, Iloilo, Metro Manila and Puerto Princesa. New locations include Batangas, Catanduanes and Cavite.
NBA and WNBA players or legends will attend the National Training Camp to help train and inspire the finalists. The program will culminate with the selection of ten Jr. NBA and five Jr. WNBA All-Stars.
More than 36,000 players and 2,700 coaches have participated in the program since it started in the Philippines in 2007. During the 2015-16 season, the Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA program will reach more than 6.5 million youth in 32 countries.