Jr. NBA, the NBA’s global youth development programme that promotes basketball participation and an active lifestyle among children, has returned to Vietnam for the third consecutive year beginning March 5.
The expanded programme will reach more than 200 schools in Vietnam with clinics in HCM City and Hanoi.
The programme will run through June 2016 and engage more than 4,500 boys and girls.
Participants will be trained in the fundamentals of basketball and learn “the importance of the Jr. NBA’s core values, including sportsmanship, teamwork, a positive attitude, and respect (S.T.A.R.) lessons that will prepare them not just for the game of basketball, but for life itself,” said Jim Wong, senior director of Marketing Partnerships NBA Asia at the opening ceremony in HCM City on March 5.
The programme tipped off with a coaches clinic and an open clinic for kids at the Ho Xuan Huong Stadium in HCM City on March 5 and at the Vin School in Hanoi on March 12.
A series of school clinics will be conducted leading up to the selection camp on April 9, where the top 40 boys and top 24 girls aged between 10 and 14 will be chosen to participate in the Jr. NBA National Training Camp in HCM City in June 17-19.
The National Training Camp will once again be attended by an NBA legend or current player and feature an NBA Cares community outreach event. The programme will culminate with the selection of 10 boys and five girls, who will be named as 2016 Jr. NBA Vietnam All-Stars. These standout campers will embark on a unique, overseas NBA experience together with fellow Jr. NBA All-Stars from Southeast Asia later in the year.
“Of the 3,500 participants we had last year, 14 standout participants were named as Jr. NBA All-Stars and embarked on an unforgettable trip to Shenzhen, China with fellow Jr. NBA All-Stars from Southeast Asia,” Wong said.
The programme is free and open to boys and girls ages 5-14. Players between the ages of 10-14 will be eligible for the top selection during the selection camp and National Training Camp.
During the 2015-16 seasons, the Jr. NBA will reach more than 6.5 million youth in 32 countries.
Registration for the coaches clinic, open clinics and selection camp is available through the official event website at www.jrnba.asia/Vietnam. Fans can follow Jr. NBA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jrnbaVietnam.
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