Alaska is presenting again Jr. NBA Philippines back to Baguio-Benguet for their annual Regional Selection Camp this weekend. The event will be held at the Benguet State University for this year’s second Jr. NBA Philippines Regional Selection Camp on March 23 and 24, 2019.
Jr. NBA coaches, led by Carlos Barroca of the NBA and PBA Legend Jeffrey Cariaso, will bring the league’s youth basketball participation program to teach basketball fundamentals and impart core values of the game to boys and girls ages 10-14.
Participants will experience world-class basketball instruction in the two-day event, which will tip off on Saturday, at 7:00 a.m. The aspiring Jr. NBA All-Stars will go through a series of skills stations that will test their dexterity in dribbling, passing, shooting, lay-ups and footwork. Top performers on the first day will progress to Sunday to be coached on advanced basketball concepts and participate in team exercises and exhibition games.
Boys and girls will vie for slots to represent North Luzon in the Jr. NBA Philippines National Training Camp in Don Bosco Technical Institute Makati on May 17-19. Athletes selected in the Benguet Regional Selection Camp will comprise part of the top 40 boys and 40 girls gathered from Regional Selection Camps that include Lucena (March 9-10), Dumaguete (March 30-31), Butuan (April 13-14), Metro Manila (April 27-28), and the Alaska Power Camp.
The 2019 batch of Jr. NBA Philippines All-Stars, comprised of as many as five boys and five girls, will participate in the first Jr. NBA Global Championship Asia Pacific Selection Camp, a week-long selection camp in June with top youth players from North Asia, Southeast Asia and the Pacific region.
In addition, the top performing 10 boys and 10 girls will represent Asia Pacific in the second Jr. NBA Global Championship held Aug. 6-11 at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World near Orlando, Florida. The international event will feature talented youth from the United States, Canada, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, China, Mexico, Africa, India and the Asia-Pacific.
Presenting the Jr. NBA Philippines 2019 along with Alaska are: AXA, Gatorade, Globe, Panasonic, Rexona, and Vivo as official partners. ABS-CBN S+A, Basketball TV and NBA Premium TV are the official broadcasters of Jr. NBA Philippines.
Interested participants can register for the Jr. NBA program online at www.jrnba.asia/philippines, and follow Jr. NBA on Facebook and the NBA at www.nba.com and on Facebook and Twitter. Fans can visit www.alaskamilk.com to learn more about Alaska Milk Corporation, and follow Alaska Milk on Facebook for more information about Alaska Sports.
By: Armando M. Bolislis