FIVE boys and five girls were selected during the Jr. NBA Philippines 2019 presented by Alaska National Training Camp to comprise the newest batch of Jr. NBA All-Stars and represent the country at the first Jr. NBA Global Championship Asia Pacific Selection Camp in Jakarta, Indonesia in June to train with top youth players from the region.
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton and WNBA Champion Ticha Penicheiro joined Jr. NBA coaches Carlos Barroca and Natalia Andre and Alaska coaches Jeffrey Cariaso and Tony dela Cruz to help coach the 80 participants at the Gatorade Hoops Center and Don Bosco Technical Institute on May 18 and in the boys and girls exhibition game at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall on May 19. The final day of the Jr. NBA National Training Camp hosted an exhibition game for former Jr. NBA All-Stars and was attended by notable alumni including collegiate players Thirdy Ravena and Janjan Jaboneta.
Jr. NBA Philippines presented by Alaska is committed to improving youth health and wellness and addressing growing inactivity by highlighting the importance of proper nutrition and an active lifestyle to participants. Since its launch in 2007, Jr. NBA Philippines has reached more than two million players, coaches and parents in over 190 cities and municipalities nationwide, teaching the fundamentals of basketball and the program’s core values of sportsmanship, teamwork, a positive attitude, and respect (S.T.A.R.).
Jr. NBA Philippines 2019 is presented by Alaska, with AXA, Gatorade, Globe, Panasonic, Rexona and Vivo as official partners. ABS-CBN S+A, Basketball TV and NBA Premium TV are the official broadcasters of Jr. NBA Philippines.
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The following is a complete list of Jr. NBA Philippines 2019 All-Stars:
Dianne Camille Nolasco (Miriam College); Karylle Sierba (Manuel S. Enverga University Foundation); Mikylla Taborada (Corpus Christi School Cagayan de Oro); Justine Mhyrra Vibangco (Saint Joseph Parish School); Princess BJ Marie Villarin (De La Salle Zobel)
Henjz Gabriel Demisana, Joshua Minguillo (Bacolod Tay Tung High School); Zhan Paolo Moreno (Xavier University Cagayan de Oro); Sebastian Roy Reyes (Nazareth School of National University); Lionel Metthew Rubico (De La Salle Lipa).
List of Awards:
Gatorade Hustle Awardees: Zhan Paolo Moreno and Franchesca Isabela Buenvenida; Panasonic Rising Star Awardees: Zak Gumaya and Kaye Andrea Vivas; Coaches of the Year: Orlando Estrelles and Precious Jimenez; Alaska Ambassadors: Henjz Gabriel Demisana and Justine Mhyrra Vibangco; MVPs: Sebastian Roy Reyes and Dianne Camille Nolasco.
About the NBA: The NBA is a global sports and media business built around four professional sports leagues: the National Basketball Association, the Women’s National Basketball Association, the NBA G League and the NBA 2K League. The NBA has established a major international presence with games and programming in 215 countries and territories in 50 languages, and merchandise for sale in more than 100,000 stores in 100 countries on six continents. NBA rosters at the start of the 2018-19 season featured 108 international players from 42 countries and territories. NBA Digital’s assets include NBA TV, NBA.com, the NBA App and NBA League Pass. The NBA has created one of the largest social media communities in the world, with 1.6 billion likes and followers globally across all league, team, and player platforms. Through NBA Cares, the league addresses important social issues by working with internationally recognized youth-serving organizations that support education, youth and family development, and health-related causes.
About Alaska Milk: Given the growing issues on health as well as the fast-changing technological environment, which leads to the change in children’s interests and behavior or sedentary lifestyle, Alaska believes that there is a need to reinforce its thrust in leading a healthy lifestyle not just by drinking milk but also by leading an active lifestyle. Alaska seeks to engage the youth, especially younger kids, in sports.