Alaska once again brings the Jr. NBA / Jr. WNBA Philippines to the country for the ninth consecutive year which will commence January 23 and culminate on April 24. It includes skills clinics, regional selection and training camps, and an NBA immersion opportunity. Basketball clinics will be held in Batangas, Bukidnon, Butuan, Cagayan de Oro, Catanduanes, Cavite, Dagupan, Davao, IloIlo, Metro Manila and Puerto Princesa.
The Alaska Jr. NBA / Jr. WNBA Philippines 2016 kicked off on January 23 at Don Bosco school in Makati with coaches presented to the young players. Alaska Power Dancers set the energy high prior to ceremonial tip-off with a dance showdown. The special participation and exhibition of mascots Ecow of Alaska and Harry the Hawk (NBA Atlanta Hawks Team) highlighted said event.
An NBA and WNBA player or legend will be present at the training camp to train and inspire finalists. The program will select ten Jr. NBA and five Jr. WNBA who will get to travel overseas to experience the NBA together with fellow all-stars from Southeast Asia. Led by Jr. NBA head coaches Craig Brown and Chris Summer, and Alaska Power Camp coach Jeff Cariaso, the search for this year’s Jr. NBA Coach of the Year will start on January 22.
The program is free and open to boys and girls 10-14 years old. Coaches and participants can register online where the program terms and conditions are found.