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Young Pinoys get chance to watch NBA game in China

by September 27, 2016 General

Jr. NBA Philippines 2016 All-Stars. Handout photo

MANILA – Jr. NBA All-Stars from all over Southeast Asia, including the Philippines, will travel to China to watch a live NBA game for the third consecutive year, the NBA and Alaska Milk Corporation announced on Monday.

Ninety Jr. NBA All-Stars from Southeast Asia – boys and girls ages 10-14 – will attend the 2016 NBA Global Games in Shanghai on October 9, where the Houston Rockets and the New Orleans Pelicans will play a preseason game at the Mercedes-Benz Arena.

Jr. NBA All-Stars from the Philippines will be joined by other young players from Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. For the first time, standouts from Singapore will also get to watch the NBA Global Games after the program was introduced to the nation earlier this year.

As part of their visit to Shanghai, the boys and girls will also meet with NBA players and legends, receive additional basketball training, and tour the city.

“Our Jr. NBA All-Stars will once again embark on an unforgettable journey, where they will get to experience a foreign country, take part in advanced basketball training, and watch a live NBA game – all while engaging with their counterparts from Southeast Asia,” said Francesco Suarez, NBA Asia vice president for global partnerships and events.

“This gathering creates lifelong memories and friendships for our participants, and we will continue providing even more youth with opportunities like this one in the years to come,” he added.

Alaska Milk Corp. president and chief executive officer Wilfred Uytengsu likewise congratulated the All-Stars of the Jr. NBA Philippines program.

Participants of the Jr. NBA program are trained in the fundamentals of basketball and learn the importance of their core values, including sportsmanship, teamwork, a positive attitude, and respect.

To date, the program has reached more than 1.5 million children, parents, and coaches across Southeast Asia through camps, clinics, and NBA Cares community outreach activities. It aims to reach five million children by 2020. 

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