Utah Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson and 2021 NBA Draft prospect Jalen Green will join Jr. NBA coaches in leading Filipino youth through basketball drills when the program holds a series of free virtual basketball clinics for kids on May 29 and June 12.
Clarkson and Green will also participate in a life session and discuss the importance of fundamental skills training in their professional careers during the May 29 online event.
On June 12, WNBA Legend Ticha Penicheiro will headline a Jr. NBA session designed for girls.
“We’re excited to bring together players from across the NBA, WNBA, and NBA G League to inspire our young athletes participating in the first-ever Jr. NBA Philippines Clinics Online,” said Scott Levy, NBA Philippines Managing Director.
“Shifting the Jr. NBA program to a virtual event will allow us to safely engage young boys and girls through basketball while continuing to promote the importance of an active and healthy lifestyle.”
Additionally, Jr. NBA Philippines will publish a series of videos beginning June 21 on the official Jr. NBA Philippines Facebook page, which will feature Clarkson, Penicheiro, former NBA coaches, local Jr. NBA coaches, and sports science resource speakers discussing a range of sports-related topics including nutrition, psychology, diversity, and inclusion among others.
New this year, Jr. NBA Philippines will launch a social media contest to help identify 10 boys and 10 girls who will participate in the Jr. NBA Asia Pacific Camp Online, a one-day virtual basketball event that features advanced basketball instruction, skills challenges, and interactive sessions with select NBA and WNBA players.
Conducted July 31 via video conferencing platform, Jr. NBA Asia Pacific Camp Online will feature 120 participants from seven countries across the region including Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. Contest mechanics will be announced at a later date.
Since 2007, Jr. NBA Philippines has reached more than two million youth, parents and coaches across the country, teaching the fundamental skills and core values of the game: sportsmanship, teamwork, a positive attitude, and respect (S.T.A.R.). Jr. NBA Philippines is supported by official partners Gatorade and vivo.