Basketball: 90 kids from South-east Asia, including Singapore, to watch pre-season NBA game in Shanghai in October

Ron Harper (right) conducted the inaugural Junior NBA Singapore 2016 National Training Camp where 15 children from Singapore will form part of the Junior NBA All-Stars from South-east Asia.
Ron Harper (right) conducted the inaugural Junior NBA Singapore 2016 National Training Camp where 15 children from Singapore will form part of the Junior NBA All-Stars from South-east Asia.ST PHOTO: CHEW SENG KIM

SINGAPORE - For the first time, 15 kids from Singapore will form part of the Junior NBA All-Stars from South-east Asia and get the chance to travel to China to watch a live NBA game next month (October).

The 10 boys and five girls were selected after the inaugural Junior NBA Singapore 2016 National Training Camp which ended on Sunday. The three-day camp, conducted by five-time NBA champion Ron Harper, featured the nation's top 200 boys and girls aged 10 to 14 at the OCBC Arena.

A total of 90 children from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and the Republic will watch a pre-season game between the Houston Rockets and the New Orleans Pelicans at Shanghai's Mercedes-Benz Arena on Oct 9.

On top of meeting NBA players and legends, the participants will also tour the city and receive additional basketball training.

Said NBA Asia's vice-president of global partnerships and events Francesco Suarez: "Our Junior NBA All-Stars will once again embark on an unforgettable journey where they will get to experience a foreign country, take part in advanced basketball training and watch a live NBA game, all while engaging with their counterparts from South-east Asia.

"This gathering creates lifelong memories and friendships for our participants, and we will continue providing even more youth with opportunities like this in the years to come."