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Jr. NBA Vietnam looks to draw 8,000 students

Nguyen Quy
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Jr. NBA Vietnam looks to draw 8,000 students

Nguyen Quy

This year’s Jr. NBA program attracts around 8,000 students from 200 schools in Hanoi and HCMC - PHOTO: COURTESY OF NBA VIETNAM

Jr. NBA, the global youth basketball program for boys and girls, has marked its comeback to Vietnam for the fifth consecutive year, with the expected participation of nearly 8,000 students from 200 schools in Hanoi and HCMC.

The Jr. NBA program is to run through June this year, providing training courses for participants on the fundamentals of basketball and the importance of the Jr. NBA’s core values, including sportsmanship, teamwork, a positive attitude and respect.

Organized by the National Basketball Association (NBA), the program has continuously received sponsorship from the Dutch Lady brand of the dairy company FrieslandCampina Vietnam. Furthermore, the event has garnered support from local basketball federations, the U.S. Consulate General of HCMC and the U.S. Embassy in Hanoi.

The program is part of the Drink.Move.BeStrong campaign that Dutch Lady has teamed up with the NBA over the past years to help further foster an active lifestyle and diet while addressing the importance of milk in children’s growth and development.

Francesco Suarez, NBA Asia vice president and in charge of Global Marketing Partnerships, said basketball has grown more popular among local youths since the first Jr. NBA program was initiated in Vietnam in 2014.

With the return of the program for the fifth consecutive year, the NBA and Dutch Lady pledged to promote a healthy lifestyle for younger Vietnamese generations through sporting activities while teaching them about the significant values of sport and the benefits of proper nutrition, Suarez said in a statement.

The program kicked off on March 11, with an open clinic for boys and girls and a coach clinic at the Ho Xuan Huong Sports Club in HCMC’s District 3.

In addition, the program comprises a series of school clinics, followed by the first selection camp slated for March 31 in Hanoi and another similar event in HCMC on April 14. Then, the top 32 boys and 32 girls will be selected for entering the Jr. NBA National Training Camp scheduled to take place in HCMC from June 22 to 24.

A current player or an NBA legend is expected to attend the National Training Camp which will culminate with eight boys and eight girls who will be named 2018 Jr. NBA Vietnam All-Stars. These outstanding campers will have the opportunity to embark on a unique overseas NBA experience together with fellow Jr. NBA All-Stars from Southeast Asia later this year.

As part of the NBA’s continued commitment to providing Asian youth with improved access to sporting activities, the NBA has restored a basketball court at the HCMC University of Medicine and Pharmacy, which was officially unveiled on March 11 to mark the completion of the first refurbished court in Vietnam.

Registration for the coach clinic, open clinics and selection camp is available now through the website www.jrnba.asia/vietnam. Fans can follow Jr. NBA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jrnbavietnam.

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