Jr NBA tips off on Saturday


Posted at Jan 16 2013 06:35 PM | Updated as of Jan 17 2013 02:35 AM

MANILA, Philippines – This year’s Jr. NBA is scheduled to kick off on Saturday (Jan. 19) at the University Park, Bonifacio Global City in Taguig.

The youth basketball program, which will make its sixth run in the Philippines, aims to benefit 40,000 students, parents and coaches via camps, clinics, NBA Cares outreach activities, TV programs and online activities.

Organizers announced that this year’s Jr. NBA will be completely free at all stages. It starts in Manila, returns to Davao City and visits Lucena City and Dagupan City.

The program starts with the Coaches Clinic at The British School and in key cities in January and February. The activity aims to introduce the program to coaches and players with no age limit.

The next phase of the program is the Regional Selection Camps for players aged 10-14 in key cities in March and April. This stage will also see a series of NBA Cares initiatives in efforts to give back to the local communities.

The top performers per region will be chosen as finalists for the National Training Camp on April 26-28 in Manila where the 10 Jr. NBA All Stars for 2013 will be named and go on to enjoy their authentic NBA experience later in the year.

NBA Coach Sefu Bernard (also Director of Basketball Operations, NBA Asia) will run the program.

An NBA Legend will arrive for the National Training Camp and join the Jr. NBA Coaching Staff.