AIMING to encourage young players and coaches to pursue high-level of basketball, the Junior National Basketball Association (NBA) and Jr. Women”s NBA returned to the Philippines for the ninth consecutive year.
“This for us is the biggest program we’re doing yet. We hope to smash all records in terms of participation and reach for Jr. NBA,” said NBA Philippines managing director Carlo Singson during the tip-off on Saturday at Don Bosco gym in Makati.
According to Singson, more than 36,000 players and 2,700 coaches have already participated since the program was intro-duced in the country in 2007.
Some of notable Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA alumni are Kiefer Ravena (2007) and Kobe Paras (2011).
The NBA is expecting to reach more than 6.5 million youth in 32 countries during its 2015 to 2016 edition of the program that teaches the fundamental skills as well as the core values of the games at the grassroots level.
The program, which is presented by Alaska will be composed of four stages namely skills clinics in schools and communities, regional selection camps, national training camp, and an NBA experience trip.
The clinics are scheduled from January to April with stops in Bukidnon, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Dagupan, Davao, Iloilo, Pa-lawan, Metro Manila, Batangas, Catanduanes and Cavite.
For details visit www.jrnba.asia/philippines.