Basketball league to reach 200 schools

  • Community Sports
  • Friday, 20 Apr 2018

The top brass of Jr NBA and Dutch Lady Malaysia management team with coaches, players and representatives of the sponsors at the launch of the fifth programme.

THE fifth edition of the Jr NBA Malaysia presented by Dutch Lady is expected to reach more than 9,000 boys and girls from over 200 schools nationwide.

The programme, which will run from April to August, kicked off last weekend with an open clinic for boys and girls at the IGB International School in Kuala Lumpur.

A joint partnership with the Education Ministry, there will be a series of workshops to provide on-court training, strength and conditioning as well as basketball education and physical education for teachers nationwide.

The Jr NBA Coaches Academy will make stops in Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Melaka, Negri Sembilan, Pahang, Penang, Perak, Selangor and Terengganu.

A selection camp will be held on July 21 which will name the top 30 boys and top 30 girls advancing to the Jr NBA National Training Camp.

The national training camp from Aug 3 to 5 will feature 40 outstanding players selected by Jr NBA Coaches Academy teachers.

It will culminate with eight boys and eight girls being named 2018 Jr NBA Malaysia All-Stars and will once again be attended by a current player or NBA legend.

Standout campers will get to enjoy a unique overseas NBA experience with fellow Jr NBA All-Stars from South-East Asia later this year.

Last year’s Jr NBA All-Stars from South-East Asia convened in Shanghai, China and attended NBA China Games 2017, a live NBA game featuring the 2017 NBA Champions – the Golden State Warriors and the Minnesota Timberwolves.

“We are proud to support Jr NBA for the fifth consecutive year as a platform that ties in with our ‘Drink. Move. Be Strong’ campaign, instilling the significance of proper nutrition and active lifestyles,” said Dutch Lady Malaysia consumer dairy marketing director Ramjeet Kaur Virik.

Education Ministry sports division director Mehander Singh said, “Sport has the ability to shape future generations, instilling positive values that complement the essential lessons provided within classrooms.

“With the return of the Jr NBA clinics and Coaches Academy, we will help young boys and girls nationwide realise their potential, both on and off the court, and train over 1,500 teachers across 11 states as part of our commitment to promote basketball within the country.”

The Jr NBA programme, which teaches the fundamental skills and core values of the game at the grass-roots level, is free and open to boys and girls aged between five and 14.

Players aged 10 to 14 are eligible for the top selection during the selection camp and National Training Camp.

Participants will learn about the importance of proper nutrition as well as Jr NBA’s core values of sportsmanship, teamwork, positive attitude and respect.

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