The Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA program for 2016 started officially last January 23-24, 2016 during the Jr. NBA / WNBA Presented by Alaska TIP-OFF at the Don Bosco Technical Center in Makati. The Jr. NBA & Jr. WNBA presented by Alaska, is just one of Alaska’s Sports Development Program that inspires children realize their dreams through teaching them skills to play the game while incorporating the values of determination, hard work, team work, discipline and sportsmanship.
The Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA program has reached hundreds of schools and communities nationwide and benefited thousands of children, parents, and coaches through grassroots activities like basketball training camps and school clinics. The Regional Selection Camps -- where outstanding young players in various regions will be chosen for inclusion in the National Training Camp -- is Phase Two of the program has kicked-off last February 20-21 at Benguet State University in Baguio, last February 27-28 in Ateneo de Davao University, Davao and on March 5-6 in Cebu City at Don Bosco Technical Center, Cebu.
In line with its thrust this year to make it fresh by bringing the program to more schools and communities nationwide, Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA presented by Alaska Regional Selection Camp will be held in Manila on April 9-10 at the Don Bosco Technical Institute, Makati City.
The best of the best players from Metro Manila will undergo a series of skills stations such as Lay-ups, Shooting, Passing, Footwork and Dribbling. Fifty boys and 24 girls will be chosen to participate in the 9th annual Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA National Training Camp in Manila (the third phase of the program) from April 22-24. The National Training Camp is the high point of the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA program where ten Jr. NBA and five Jr. WNBA standouts will be named as the 2016 Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA All-Stars and a Coach of the Year will be chosen. The National Training Camp will be held at the Don Bosco Technical Institute Makati on April 22 and 23 and at the SM Mall of Asia on April 24. All the best players from each region will pit skills and the ways in which they express the STAR values during the three-day boot camp that will prepare them to be exceptional athletes and total persons on and off the court. The 10 best male performers selected in the National Training Camp will be this year’s Jr. NBA Philippines All Star Team, while the 5 best female performers will be the first-ever Jr. WNBA All-Star Team. The male and female All-Stars will be rewarded with an authentic NBA experience and the chance to play with a counterpart youth team abroad. The Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA program, is free for boys and girls across all stages – from the school and open clinics, through the Regional Selection Camps, the National Training Camp and the NBA Experience. NBA coaches and Alaska Basketball Powercamp Director Jeffrey Cariaso leads the Regional Selection Camps.