The Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Philippines 2015 presented by Alaska program will tip-off in Manila with a coaches clinic on January 24 followed by an open clinic on January 25. A second coaches clinic and open clinic will be held in Bacolod on January 31 and February 1 respectively.
Returning for the eighth consecutive year, this year’s program will reach more than 700 schools and communities nationwide.
Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA is the league’s international youth development program that promotes basketball participation, sportsmanship and teamwork, and an active lifestyle among boys and girls. The 2015 Philippine schedule includes school clinics as well as coaching seminars in the lead up to Regional Selection Camps where standout participants will be selected to participate in the National Training Camp in April. The National Training Camp will culminate with the selection of 10 Jr. NBA and 5 Jr. WNBA All-Stars, providing the select campers with a unique NBA experience which they will share with fellow Jr. NBA All-Stars from across Southeast Asia later in the year.
Jr. NBA was introduced in the Philippines in 2007 to 16 public and private schools in Metro Manila. In 2008, the program expanded to more than 200 schools and reached approximately 20,000 students, parents, and coaches across the country. In 2013, the program reached over 500 schools and communities and 70,000 students, parents, and coaches across the country.
Among its noted All-Stars alumni are Kiefer Ravena of the Ateneo Blue Eagles (2007), Carlo Escalambre of the San Sebastian Staglets and Mark Jayven Tallo of the De La Salle Green Archers (2009), Henry Asilum of the UP Fighting Maroons and Kib Montalbo of the De La Salle Green Archers (2010), Dawn Ochea of Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu and Kobe Paras of La Salle Greenhills (2011), Aljun Jay Melecio of De La Salle Zobel Baby Archers (2012) and Ricci Rivero of La Salle Greenhills (2013).
The program remains free and open to players between 10 and 14 years old. Registration is now ongoing through the official Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA website www.jrnba.asia/philippines. Fans can follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jrnbaphilippines and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/nba_philippines.
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The complete Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Philippines 2015 schedule will be released at a later date.