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WNBA legend Thompson to help select jr cage All-Stars

WNBA Legend Tina Thompson arrived in Manila yesterday to lead the Jr.NBA/Jr.WNBA Presented by Alaska National Training Camp.

She will help coach participants from all over the country vying to become Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA All-Stars.

Tina Thompson               
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She will serve not just as trainer and coach, but as role model and inspiration as well for the aspiring girl basketball players.

“The most important thing is for the girls to appreciate the unique experience that they will face in the coming days. They will meet with the best players in their age group as well as the best coaches in the sport,” said Thompson during her interview at the Panay Room, Sofitel Hotel.

The Jr.NBA/Jr.WNBA introduces basketball as a sport not just for young boys, but for young girls as well.

“I started at nine years old. It (basketball) always seemed like a sport for the boys. So it was always a big challenge for me to excel in the sport. The girls in the program are lucky to be part of something that will help them become better players,” said Thompson.

The National Training Camp is the culmination of the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Philippines 2014 presented by Alaska program, providing the top 50 boys and top 24 girls from all over the country the opportunity to train with and compete against their peers.

These select campers will be rewarded with a unique NBA experience and the opportunity to play against a counterpart team from another country later in the year.

The JrNBA/JrWNBA program is just one of Alaska’s Sports Development Program that inspires children to become future champions through teaching them skills to play the game while incorporating the values of determination, hard work, team work, discipline and sportsmanship.

Gordon Hayward of the Utah Jazz is also in Manila to participate as trainer coach and role models for the young boys much like the role to be done by Thompson.

The top participants were selected from regional selection camp participants from Surigao, Iloilo, Cebu, Dagupan, Puerto Princesa and the NCR, as well as the Alaska Power Camps. At the end of the National Training Camp, 10 boys will be named as Jr. NBA All-Stars and 5 girls will be named as inaugural Jr. WNBA All-Stars.

These select campers will be rewarded with a unique NBA experience and the opportunity to play against a counterpart team from another country later in the year.

 

 

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