Basketball is the country’s number 1 sport by a mile. Kids grow up emulating the moves and buzzer beating moments of their favorite NBA stars in the various courts around the country. With Alaska and the Jr. NBA / Jr. WNBA tie up, kids gets even closer to that dream with a grassroots program that teaches them the skill and attitude needed to excel in the Basketball Court.
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Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA
The Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA Philippines 2015 presented by Alaska tipped off last January 24, 2015 at the British School Manila. The program has been running for 8 consecutive years in the Philippines with more than 26,000 players and 2,000 coaches participating in the event since it was launched in 2007. This year, they are expected to reach more than 700 schools and communities nationwide. Jr. NBA/ Jr. WNBA is the NBA’s international youth development program that promotes basketball participation, sportsmanship and teamwork as well as promoting an active lifestyle among kids.
There will be coaches clinics, open clinics and regional selection camps, in which players will showcase their skills and tryouts nationwide. The following are the timeline of activities for the 2015 Jr. NBA / Jr. WNBA Philippines Program.
- Coaches Clinic and Open Clinic, January 24-25, 2015, British School Manila
- Coaches Clinic, January 31, 2015, St. John Institute Bacolod
- Open Clinic, February 1, 2015, St. John Institute Bacolod
- Regional Selection Camp, February 21-22, 2015, Seminario De San Jose, Puerto Princesa, Palawan
- Regional Selection Camp, February28-March 1, 2015, Alonte Sports Arena, Binan, Laguna
- Regional Selection Camp, March 7-8, 2015, Ateneo de Iloilo
- Regional Selection Camp, March 14-15, 2015, St. Louis University
- Regional Selection Camp, March 21-22, 2015, Ateneo de Davao
- Regional Selection Camp, March 28-29, 2015, St. John Institute Bacolod
- Regional Selection Camp, April 11-12, 2015, PICC, Manila
- National Training Camp, April 24-26, 2015, PICC and SM Mall of Asia, Manila
“The Jr. NBA Program has positively impacted the lives of Filipino youth, parents and coaches alike for the past eight years and we are excited for this to continue. Together with our longstanding partner Alaska, we will work to improve and expand on our program, bringing it to more cities and communities each year and making it a more inclusive and unique experience for Filipinos everywhere.” – said Calo Singson, NBA Philippines Country Manager.
“The thousands of Children who have trooped to the Jr. NBA camps all over the country including the impressive turnouts of the first ever Jr. WNBA program last year is an overwhelming affirmation that children are indeed meant to go out and play. In 2015, the NBA and Alaska Milk will reach more young aspiring basketball players by bringing in Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA to more cities nationwide. More than just winning a game, Jr. NBA / Jr. WNBA presented by Alaska encourages children to participate in sports to nurture their talent, live a healthy and active lifestyle, and keep children in winning form.” – Said Wilfred Steven Uytengsu, President and CEO of Alaska Milk Corporation.
The Jr. NBA / Jr. WNBA National Training Camp will culminate the selection of 10 Jr. NBA and 5 Jr. WNBA All Stars who will embark on a unique, overseas NBA experience together with fellow Jr. NBA All Stars from Southeast Asia. The program is free and open to boys and girls between 10-14 years old. There would also be also be a search for 2015 Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA Coach of the year, which will be overseen by Jr. NBA / Jr. WNBA Head Coach Chris Summer. The Coach of the Year winners will be announced at the National Training Camp in Manila, which will be attended by an NBA and WNBA player or legend and feature NBA Cares community outreach activity.
Jeffrey Cariaso is Jr. NBA / Jr. WNBA Basketball Camp Director
Philippine Basketball Association All-Star player and coach Jeff Cariaso has announced his return to Alaska to help the next generation of young and aspiring basketball players realize their dreams. Cariaso will serve as Basketball Camp Director. Cariaso started his 15-year career in PBA after he was drafted sixth overall by Alaska in 1995 where he also took the Rookie of the Year award that year. On his 2nd year in the league, he achieved a rare Grand Slam with the Aces. When Jeff rejoined Alaska Aces in 2004, he was team captain for six years before announcing his retirement in 2010 after playing 15 seasons in the league. From being a 10-time PBA All-Star, 2003 PBA All-Filipino Finals MVP and 2002 PBA All Filipino Best Player of the Conference, Cariaso began his transition to becoming a coach in 2011.
Cariaso returned home to Alaska this year to as Basketball Director for Alaska Basketball Powercamp and Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA under Alaska’s NUTRITION. ACTION. CHAMPION. Program to help aspiring young players achieve their full potential. He will travel around the country together with the other coaches to conduct school clinics for coaches and players during the regional selection camps. They will also teach not just the basics of the sport but also STAR values of Sportsmanship, Teamwork, (positive) Attitude, and Respect. These activities will culminate in the National Training Camp at the SM Mall of Asia where the 2015 Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA all-star teams and national coaches are named. The Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA program for 2015 will definitely be exciting with Coach Jeff on board in helping our future athletes realize their dreams. Encourage your children to go out and play!
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For general information about Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA Philippines please visit www.jrnba.asia/philippines; Alaska Milk Corporation visit www.alaskamilk.com; Alaska Basketball Power Camp visit www.alaskapowercamp.com/basketball and for live Twitter updates follow @ALASKAsportshub #JrNBA #JrWNBA