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Meeting an NBA Legend @ the Jr.NBA National Selection Camp

media_pass_2When Vima Mendoza aka KulitRunner asked if I’d be interested to be one of the bloggers to cover the Jr NBA (presented by Alaska) National Selection Camp last April 28, 2013 at the Mall of Asia. I immediately replied “YES! =D”.

Not only because I’ll be covering an event other than running (for a change), but I’ll also have the chance to meet Muggsy Bogues!

As most NBA fans (well, maybe those who were born in the 70’s), Muggsy Bogues is the smallest player at 5’3” to ever played in the NBA. And no, he was not an NBA SLAM DUNK champion. That’s the other short guy Spud Webb.

Back to my story… so when I replied “YES! =D” to Vima, I completely forgot that the Jr. NBA will happen on the same day as the NatGeo Run. Not at the same time, but still it’s the same day of a race and I have to wake up early. And since this is a once in a lifetime opportunity to meet an NBA legend, I decided to bring along my youngest son Justin to keep me company (and awake) at the event.

When we arrived at the event site, the 1st ever Jr NBA All Stars (alumni from 2007-2012) game was already playing. The Jr NBA All Stars was divided to Team Muggsy and Team Jolas. The game was so intense that it went to overtime (44-all on regulation), but Team Muggsy proved it’s might against Team Jolas as Team Muggsy won, 52-46 behind the heroics of Aljon Mariano (2007 alumnus, first ever Jr. NBA MVP, member of the UST Growling Tigers).

Team Muggsy

Muggsy Bogues wearing red shorts (middle)

After the Jr NBA All Star game, the National Training Camp went underway. The National Training Camp is the third highlight phase of Jr. NBA Philippines 2013 presented by Alaska. After which, new Jr. NBA All Stars was selected from a pool of 50 participants aged 10 to 14 years old who stood out in the Regional Selection Camps held in different parts of the country.

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Photo courtesy of NBA Asia

And of course, we can’t go home without having a picture with Mr Bogues. =)

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Photo courtesy of Mr Art Mendoza

Justin

Justin sizing up Tracy McGrady’s Hands and Shoe Size

Thank you  Ms Yam Nacaya and Ms Vima Mendoza for the invite! =)

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Over the last three years, in partnership with Alaska, the Jr. NBA program has grown to reach more than 500 schools and 60,000 students, parents, and coaches across the country. Each year a new city benefits from the free grassroots basketball program that involves not just young players but also their parents and coaches.

More information is available on the Jr. NBA event website at www.jrnba.com.ph. Fans can also follow the Jr. NBA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jrnbaphilippines.
For all things NBA, visit www.nba.com or follow the league on its official Twitter feed at www.twitter.com/NBA_Philippines.

About Alaska Milk
Alaska Milk Corporation (AMC) recognizes the need of Filipino children for proper nutrition. According to the seventh National Nutrition Survey done by the Food and Nutrition Research Institute and the Department of Science and Technology in 2008, “under nutrition (based on weight-for-age and height-for-age) remains to be a public health problem, affecting nearly three out 10 children” aged 0 to 10 years old. AMC is committed to help provide superior nutrition to these children through its leading brands: Alaska Powdered Milk Drink and Alaska Chocolate Powdered Milk Drink contain essential vitamins and minerals that help children reach their full growth potential. And through brand Alaska’s own multi-awarded Alaska Basketball and Football Powercamps, children are encouraged to “go out and play” and live a healthy lifestyle. With its professional basketball team, the Alaska Aces, a 13-time PBA champion team, Alaska also inspires the youth to engage in sports and aspire to become future champions guided by positive values. Today, Brand Alaska partners with excellent local and international organizations that share the same objectives, vision, and values including the Philippine Basketball Association, Ironman 70.3, Ironkids, XTerra, Makati Football School, Alabang Football School, and recently with the Philippine National Football Team, the Azkals, and FC Barcelona Escola Camp Philippines.

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 currently feature 85 international players from 36 countries and territories. NBA Digital’s assets include NBA TV, which is available in more than 61 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 380 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 $210 million to charity, completed more than 2.3 million hours of hands-on community service, and created more than 760 places where kids and families can live, learn, or play.

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