NBA opens training for Filipino girls

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Saturday, January 18, 2014


FILIPINO girls now have a chance to develop their skills in basketball, the country’s national past-time dominated by boys.

Launched on Saturday at the British School in Taguig City, the Jr. WNBA will be conducted alongside the Jr. NBA in some 500 schools in Manila, Cebu, Puerto Princesa, Dagupan City, including first-time stops in Surigao and Iloilo City for three months.

The schedule includes school clinics, as well as coaching seminars in the lead up to Regional Selection Camps in each of the cities.

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The program, which remains free and open to players between 10 and 14 ye rs old, will conclude in Manila with the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA National Training Camp in late April. Registration is now ongoing through the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA event website www.jrnba.asia/philippines.

“With the launch of the Jr. WNBA program, we will reach even more youth players, especially girls, to help promote active lifestyles and harness their talents to compete on a national scale,” said NBA country manager Carlo Singson.

Like in the previous years, campers are expected to learn how to improve their shooting, dribbling and passing skills and footwork. They will also undergo aptitude and endurance challenges while keeping the value of sportsmanship, teamwork, attitude and respect (Star).

A school clinic will be held on Sunday, also in Taguig, before proceeding to Cebu, Puerto Princesa, Surigao, Iloilo City and Dagupan City.

Top 50 boys and top 24 girls from all over the country will then be picked from the regional camps to join in the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA National Training Camp (NTC) in Manila from April 25-27.

This will culminate with the selection of 10 Jr. NBA and 4 Jr. WNBA All-Stars, providing these campers with a unique NBA experience and the opportunity to play against a counterpart team from another country later in the year.

The Coach of the Year award winners will also be announced at the NTC, which will be attended by an NBA legend and a WNBA player/legend.

Participation to the Jr. NBA program has more than doubled since it started in 2007 and organizers are expecting more than 80,000 students, parents, and coaches to benefit from activities including camps and clinics, outreach activities, television programs and digital initiatives. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)

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