Jr.NBA and Jr.WNBA Presented by Alaska Regional Selection Camp held in Cebu

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The Jr.NBA and Jr.WNBA Presented by Alaska continued its search for the best basketball players in the country when it held its second Regional Selection Camp at Don Bosco Technical School in Cebu City last March 5 and 6.

A total of 333 boys and girls from Iloilo, Bacolod, Leyte and Cebu have joined the search for the ten best boy and five best girl basketball players who will become members of the Jr.NBA and Jr.WNBA All-Star team. The camp also had a search for the boys and girls coaches who will handle the two teams.

The 2016 All-Star Team will travel overseas for their NBA experience trip together with fellow Jr. NBA All-Stars from Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam and Indonesia. The 2015 Jr. NBA All-Stars traveled to China to watch the NBA Global Games in Shenzhen featuring the Charlotte Hornets and the L.A. Clippers.

The Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA Presented by Alaska is free and open to boys and girls ages 10 to 14 years old (born 2002 to 2006). It is one of Alaska Milk’s programs that shape, train, challenge and inspire children to achieve their dreams and aspirations in life.

“These holistic programs train children to be confident, disciplined and hardworking because Alaska Milk Corporation aims to prepare them to be winners in life in the future. This year’s program includes new locations such as Batangas, Catanduanes and Cavite to reach more children and coaches and discover the best basketball players across the country,” said Blen Fernando, Marketing Director.

The Jr.NBA and Jr.WNBA presented by Alaska is under Alaska Milk’s Nutrition.Action.Champion program. It helps address the issue of overweight and undernourished Filipino children with the promotion of proper nutrition and active lifestyle through sports and outdoor play.

This year’s program started with the tip-off at Don Bosco Technical Institute Makati last Jan. 23. School clinics, that teach the fundamentals of basketball, will run until April with stops in Bukidnon, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Dagupan, Davao, Iloilo, Metro Manila and Puerto Princesa. New locations include Batangas, Catanduanes and Cavite.

Other than Cebu there will also be Regional Selection Camps in Manila on (April 9-10).  The top 50 boys and 24 girls from the Regional Selection Camps will advance to the final selection stage in the National Training Camp in Manila on April 22-24.

At the end of the two-day Regional Selection Camp, eight boys and two girls were selected to represent the Visayas Region. They are:

Boys:
Lowell Jhan Francis Chan – 14 years old – SHS Ateneo de Cebu
Harold Alarcon – 13 years old – Bacolod Tay Tung Highschool
Fritz Felix Valencia – 13 yrs old – Bacolod Tay Tung HS
Tracy Carl Dadang – 13 yrs old – USC
Anskie Mclouisse Espina – 13 yrs old – SHS Ateneo de Cebu
Justin Atilano – 13 yrs old- USC
Kendall Limana – 13 yrs old- Abellana NHS
Nicholas Steven Pura – 13 yrs old- SJI Bacolod

Girls:
Florence Jil Talas – 14 years old – Abellana National Highschool
Darliene Regasajo – 14 years old – Abellana National Highschool
Daphne Nardo – 14 years old – Abellana National Highschool

NBA and WNBA players or legends will attend the National Training Camp to help train and inspire the finalists. The program will culminate with the selection of ten Jr. NBA and five Jr. WNBA All-Stars.

More than 36,000 players and 2,700 coaches have participated in the program since it started in the Philippines in 2007. During the 2015-16 season, the Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA program will reach more than 6.5 million youth in 32 countries.

The Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA is the league’s global youth basketball participation program for boys and girls which teaches the fundamental skills as well as the core values of the game at the grassroots level in an effort to help grow and improve the youth basketball experience for players, coaches and parents.

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