Press Released: Former Jr. NBA standouts drafted to participate in the inaugural Jr. NBA Alumni All-Star game

Upcoming UAAP/NCAA stars will play in Jr. NBA Alumni All-Stars game at Jr. NBA National Training CampLMANILA – If you want to see the blue chip rookies who will play for UAAP and NCAA teams in the coming collegiate basketball season, watch the Jr. NBA All-Stars Alumni game on April 27, 2013 at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall at 12 noon.

24 Jr. NBA alumni from Batch 2009 to Batch 2013 will compete in a Red vs. White basketball game that will be coached by NBA talents Gordon Hayward of the Utah Jazz and WNBA legend Tina Thompson. Called Team Gordon and Team Tina, the two teams will reprise last year’s very successful and crowd-pleasing alumni game between Team Muggsy and Team Jolas. Last year’s teams were coached by then visiting NBA Legend Muggsy Bogues and Jr. NBA Philippines Coach Jojo Lastimosa of Alaska.

Besides incoming collegiate league rookies, this year’s Alumni All Star Game will be headlined by members of the Philippine Under-18 team and high school stars of their respective schools and universities.

Jr. NBA alumni who have confirmed to play are : Aldrin Fegidero of Jose Rizal University, Henry Asilum of the University of the Philippines, Paul Harley Dagunan and Ichie Altamirano of the University of the East, Tsaddy Rangel of Hope Christian School, Thristan Edge Laman, Roald Mayor, Patrick Ramirez and Vince Ferrer of the University of Santo Tomas, Tyler Tio and Jarrel Lim of Xavier School, Gian Mamuyac of the Ateneo de Manila, Marco Sario, Aljun Jay Melecio and Miguel Fortuna of De La Salle Zobel,  Ricci Rivero of La Salle Greenhills, Lorenzo Navarro and Carlo Escalambre of San Sebastian College, Samuel Abuhijleh of San Beda College, Pawandeep Singh of System Plus College Foundation of Angeles City, Lui Besa of Holy Spirit School of Bohol, Miguel Competente of Ateneo de Davao, Rendell Senining of National University and Arnie Padilla of Far Eastern University.

Gordon Hayward of the Utah Jazz and WNBA Legend Tina Thompson will be in Manila to participate in the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Philippines 2014 presented by Alaska National Training Camp to help coach participants from all over the country vying to become Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA All-Stars. The National Training Camp will be held at the Philippine International Convention Center (PICC) Forum 2 & 3 from April 25-26 and the SM MOA Concert Hall onApril 27. The Jr. NBA Alumni All-Star game is a highlight of the NTC and a much-awaited event among parents, coaches, basketball fans and the mall-going public.

In addition to Presenting Partner Alaska Powdered Milk Drink, Official Partners include the NBA’s official sports drink, Gatorade, Unilever’s flagship brands Rexona and Master and new partner, Phoneix Petroleum. Returning as Jr. NBA Supporting Partners are KFC and Spalding. Official NBA broadcasters are Basketball TV, NBA Premium TV and Studio 23. Jr. NBA is also supported by the Basketball Coaches Association of the Philippines (BCAP).

The Jr. NBA program was first conducted in the Philippines in 2007 and has more than doubled in participation in the past six years. Each year a new city benefits from the grassroots basketball program that involves not just young players but also their parents and coaches. This year, more than 80,000 students, parents, and coaches will benefit through Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA activities including camps and clinics, NBA Cares outreach activities, television programs and digital initiatives. Registration is now ongoing through the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA event website www.jrnba.asia/philippines. Fans can also follow us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jrnbaphilippines. For all things NBA, visit us at www.nba.com and follow us on our official Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/NBA_Philippines.

About Alaska

Alaska recognizes the need of Filipino children for proper nutrition. According to the 7th National Nutrition Survey done by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute and the Department of Health, trend of obesity is increasing with nearly 2 out 10 children considered as overweight. Under-nutrition also remains to be a public health concern affecting nearly 3 out 10 children. Alaska is committed to help provide proper nutrition through its leading brands, Alaska Powdered Milk Drink and Alaska Chocolate Powdered Milk Drink. It contains essential nutrients that help children reach their full growth potential. Aside from proper nutrition, an active lifestyle is needed in order to shape and nurture healthier children. Because of this, Alaska encourages children to “go out and play” through its various sports programs: Alaska Basketball and Football Power camps and Cups, Alaska Iron kids Triathlon and Alaska Family Run. At the same time, Alaska has a professional basketball team, the 13-time PBA champion, Alaska Aces, which continues to inspire the youth to become future champions who are guided by positive values. Finally, Alaska partners with excellent local and international organizations that share the same objectives, vision, and values namely the Philippine Basketball Association, Ironman 70.3 Triathlon Philippines, Makati and Alabang Football Schools and the Philippine National Football Team, the Azkals.


About the NBA

The NBA is a global sports and media business built around three professional sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, and the NBA Development League. The league has established a major international presence with games and programming in 215 countries and territories in 47 languages and NBA merchandise for sale in more than 125,000 stores in 100 countries on 6 continents. NBA rosters at the start of the 2013-14 season featured a record 92 international players from 39 countries and territories. NBA Digital’s assets include NBA TV, which is available in 60 million U.S. homes, and NBA.com, which averages more than 42 million page views per day, more than half of which originate from outside of North America. The NBA is the No. 1 professional sports league on social media, with more than 500 million likes and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms. Through NBA Cares, the league and its teams and players have donated more than $225 million to charity, completed more than 2.6 million hours of hands-on community service, and created more than 830 places where kids and families can live, learn, or play.

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