The best of the best young Filipino ballers converged at the world-class training hub for athletes "Focus Athletics" located at Pasong Tamo Extension Makati for the "Gatorade Performance Training 2014 For Jr. NBA Top Campers."
Top Ballers from all over the Philippines got the opportunity to train with the trainers who train PBA Stars like Jayvee Casio, Sean Anthony, and Rob Reyes. This training camp aims to help pave the way for these lucky ballers.
Miss Isah Bitanga of NBA Philippines' PR "Larc and Asset" pointed out that "this is already the National training camp leg of the Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA 2014. These campers (boys and girls) came from the regional selection camp coming from Puerto Princesa, Surigao, Dagupan, Cebu, Iloilo and Manila." She also added that "NBA Philippines tried to cover Luzon, Vizayas and Mindanao that's why these ballers came from different provinces."
Yesterday, the ballers were trained by WNBA Legend Tina Thompson and NBA's Gordon Hayward of the Utah Jazz. They taught the kids how to play basketball the NBA Way with the star values which are Sportsmanship, Teamwork, Positive Attitude and Respect. In short, this is the ultimate camp that teaches them good attitude, healthy lifestyle and a lot of basketball fun. That's the reason why they were in Focus Gym. Gatorade brought them there to learn the holistic and more competitive side of basketball.
Hayward and Thompson joined in the early activities to encourage the kids with importance of functional training. They also shared some inspirational messages that would help the young ballers in their basketball journey.
Gordon Hayward and Tina Thompson taught the kids some lessons about Hard-Word, Work Ethic, and Discipline.
"When I was young, I used to go to our backyard to shoot some hoops. I got used to practicing my shot everyday and up to now, in the NBA, I still do that during our training sessions. I try to go to the gym early and shoot some hoops and work hard on my craft. Practicing my shot gave me a lot of confidence to accomplish my tasks on and off the court. That also serves as my competitive edge, shared the versatile Utah Jazz Swing-man Gordon Hayward.
“I always want to win. I'm from Los Angeles and I grew up watching Magic Johnson lead the Los Angeles Lakers to numerous championships. I think that you need a goal to shoot for. You work towards that goal and do everything you can to achieve those goals. That’s everything in a nutshell, but there’s an awful lot of work you put in between. A lot of sacrifices,” said the 4-Time WNBA Champ Tina Thompson.
Gatorade conducted a half day performance training for the top Campers of Jr. NBA. In partnership with Focus Athletics, Jr. NBA kids were able to experience functional weights training, muscle testing, and hydration talks to help them prepare for their future stints in basketball.
The functional weights training composed of different plyometrics and core exercise to to educate the kids on strengthening techniques that will develop their muscles to enhance their explosiveness on the court.
One of the lucky participants, Kenneth Badillo, a 6'1 ballers from Bulacan, shared some interesting things to ballerspinas during the event. He said that "despite the difficult training, it was worth it. I really felt the impact of the weights training. It was hard but I enjoyed it. I also learned a lot here. Hopefully I can share this to my friends. I wanna apply these things when I play basketball."