Friday, April 12, 2013

The Final Regional Selection Camp for Jr. NBA Philippines 2013 presented by Alaska at Aquinas Gym April 13-14

The final regional selection camp for Jr. NBA Philippines 2013 presented by Alaska will be held at the Aquinas Gym in San Juan City today, April 13 starting at 9 a.m.

This is the last chance for 10-14 year old players in the NCR and other provinces to participate in the National Basketball Association’s international grassroots basketball program that has been touring different cities since January this year. The learn-and-achieve camp has been hailed across the country by coaches, parents and students for imparting NBA-style skills tests, basketball drills and the S.T.A.R. values of Sportsmanship, Teamwork, a positive Attitude and Respect. Camp action starts at 9 a.m. on April 13 and ends April 14.

The program remains completely free in all its stages for local coaches and young Filipino players who want to join the program.

The first day of the RSC is devoted to vitals tests, skills challenges, drills and the selection of the Top 40 performers at the end of the day. The second day involves only the selected Top 40 and consists of more intense drills, conditioning exercises and scrimmages. The young players who will represent the NCR in the National Training Camp which will be held in Manila on April 26 to 28 will be chosen on the afternoon of Day 2 (April 14).

Jr. NBA coaches led by Coach Sefu Bernard, Senior Director of Basketball Operations, NBA Asia and local Jr. NBA coaches led by PBA Legend Jojo Lastimosa will evaluate the players based on their vitals tests, skills stations scores and how they exemplify the STAR values.

As many as 19 players may be chosen in Manila to join the National Training Camp and get the chance to be selected as members of the Jr. NBA 2013 All Star Team. The National Training Camp will have 50 participants in all made up of the 6 chosen in Dagupan, the 10 in Davao, the 5 in Lucena, the 10 from the Alaska Power Camp and the 19 in Manila.

The National Training Camp will be an intense three-day boot camp that will be held at the UP Diliman Gym on April 26 and 27 and the SM Mall of Asia on April 28.

A special highlight of the National Training Camp on April 28 besides the announcement of Jr. NBA Philippines All Stars of 2013 is an exhibition game among past Jr. NBA All Stars from 2007 to 2012.

NBA Legend Muggsy Bogues will arrive in Manila for the National Training Camp and will coach Team Muggsy, while PBA Legend Jojo Lastimosa will coach the other alumni team called Team Jojo.

The ten Jr. NBA Philippines All Stars of 2013 will be rewarded with an authentic NBA experience later in the year and the chance to play against a counterpart Jr. NBA team abroad. The Jr. NBA Coach of the Year presented by Alaska will also be announced at the National Training Camp.

Registration for the Regional Selection Camp can be made online on the Jr. NBA website or on site at 8 a.m., before the start of the selection camps.

In addition to Presenting Partner Alaska Powered Milk Drink, Official Partners include the NBA’s official sports drink, Gatorade, Unilever’s flagship brands Rexona and Master as well as new partner Phoenix Petroleum. Returning as Jr. NBA Supporting Partners are KFC and Spalding. Official NBA broadcasters are Basketball TV, NBA Premium TV and Studio 23. Jr. NBA is also supported by the Basketball Coaches Association of the Philippines (BCAP).

About Alaska Milk
Alaska Milk Corporation (AMC) is committed to providing nutrition to Filipino households by ensuring high quality standards across its milk brands for almost four decades.  AMC’s leading brand, Alaska Powdered Milk Drink, highlights the importance of nutrition among children during their “growth gap years” (ages 4-12 years old). Since its introduction in 1986, Alaska Powdered Milk’s benefits of building strong bones and bodies as well as character formation is expressed in the promotion of a healthy lifestyle through sports.  Brand Alaska owns and implements the multi-awarded Alaska Power Camp which is held nationwide, offering programs in basketball and football.  Alaska also owns its professional basketball team, the Alaska Aces, a 13-time PBA champion team which is now on its 25th year of inspiring the youth to engage in sports.  Today, Brand Alaska partners with excellent local and international organizations that share the same objectives, vision, and values including the Ironman 70.3, Ironkids, XTerra, Makati Football School, Alabang Football School, and the Philippine Basketball Association.

About the NBA
The NBA is a global sports and media business built around three professional sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, and the NBA Development League. The league has established a major international presence with games and programming in 215 countries and territories in 47 languages and NBA merchandise for sale in more than 125,000 stores in 100 countries on 6 continents. NBA rosters currently feature 85 international players from 36 countries and territories. NBA Digital’s assets include NBA TV, which is available in more than 61 million U.S. homes, and, which averages more than 42 million page views per day, more than half of which originate from outside of North America. The NBA is the No. 1 professional sports league on social media, with more than 380 million likes and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms. Through NBA Cares, the league and its teams and players have donated more than $210 million to charity, completed more than 2.3 million hours of hands-on community service, and created more than 760 places where kids and families can live, learn, or play.

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