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Nike launches ‘Rise’ reality search



“The best players are not the most skilled players, they are those that have something special in them,that puso factor,” – Former men’s national basketball team head coach Chot Reyes.

Nike Philippines launched on Tuesday a reality documentary and basketball development program named “Rise” which aims to give a training ground to 24 street ballers from all over the archipelago.

A nationwide search shall conducted to bring opportunity and hope to aspiring ballers aged 16-21 around the country.

Regional try-outs shall be held in four cities: Dagupan (June 27), Manila (June 28), Cebu (July 4), and Davao (July 5). Aspirants may also write to for a chance to be invited.

The Rise series will run for six weeks with selected players immersing in a Nike experience which includes technical training, strength, and conditioning. The contestants will have full use of gears, equipment, and a training ground named “House of Rise.”

Chot Reyes and Jimmy Alapag shall serve as the coaches throughout the documentary which shall air on TV5.

From 24, the field shall be cut down to 12 and will battle an elite team for a shot at recognition.

*Photo courtesy of Mr. Marlon Bernabe from, “Giving you the hottest photos in sports”

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