The first Regional Selection Camp was held last February 20-21, 2016 at Benguet State University. A total of 665 aspiring basketball players from South to North traveled to Benguet for the try-outs.
First day – February 20, 2016:
The first day of the camp started around 8am and begins with the screening program – taking of vitals, speed, strength, agility and others to determine who will push through the next round.
Friends and families are there to support them, cheering and giving all their love.
At the end of the first day, 40 boys and 24 girls were selected to compete in the round which was held on the second day of the camp.
Second day – February 21, 2016:
During the second day, children are grouped into different teams to compete. They are judged individually on how they play – ball handling, how they move around the court, how they play along with the team and other distinct characteristic that a Jr. NBA/Jr.WNBA player has. You can see the eagerness of each player, their perseverance despite of some falls, tumbles and injuries. You can see a fighter in them – never give up.
At the end of day 2, lucky 6 boys and 2 girls were chosen to join the National Training Camp on April .
During the 2 days, coaches taught the children how to be confident, disciplined and hardworking because Alaska Milk Corporation aims to prepare them to be winners in life in the future. Aside from that, Alaska Milk also share the knowledge regarding proper nutrition – the importance of drinking milk everyday. According to Alaska Milk Corporation, “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.”
Other than Baguio there will also be Regional Selection Camps in Davao (Feb. 27-28), Cebu (March 5-6) and Metro Manila (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.
For general information about Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA Philippines presented by Alaska please visit http://www.jrnba.asia/philippines, http://www.alaskamilk.com, and http://www.alaskapowercamp.com/basketball. For live updates log on to www.playph.com follow us on FB, IG and Twitter @playph #jrnba #jrwnba.