Rod Strickland going up against Shaquille O'Neal during his playing days. Photo: NBAE/Getty Images
The National Basketball Association (NBA) today announced that former NBA player Rod Strickland will travel to Singapore to participate in the Jr. NBA Singapore 2018 National Training Camp.
The National Training Camp, which will be conducted at the Heartbeat@Bedok Sports Hall on Aug. 18 and 19, is the culmination of the Jr. NBA Singapore 2018 presented by the ActiveSG Basketball Academy program. The two-day camp provides the top 200 boys and girls ages 10 to 14 the opportunity to train with and compete against one another and learn the importance of the Jr. NBA’s core values of sportsmanship, teamwork, a positive attitude, and respect (S.T.A.R.). At the end of the National Training Camp, eight boys and eight girls will be named as Jr. NBA Singapore All-Stars. Together with their counterparts from Southeast Asia, the 2018 Jr. NBA Singapore All-Stars will travel to Shanghai in October to attend NBA China Games 2018 featuring the Philadelphia 76ers and the Dallas Mavericks.
“I look forward to my first-ever visit to Singapore,” said Strickland. “Basketball has had a tremendous positive impact on my life, and I hope to share my personal experiences as a player and a coach to the young boys and girls of the Jr. NBA Singapore program.”
“The Jr. NBA programme has enriched our academy’s players and coaches over last few years,” said Neo Beng Siang, Principal of ActiveSG Basketball Academy. “The overall experience, especially in terms of skills development and coaching capability, has been great. We hope these experiences will motivate more people to play basketball consistently and push the best players to represent Singapore or even make a career out of it.”
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Strickland, a 6’3” point guard from DePaul University, was selected 19th overall by the New York Knicks in the 1988 NBA Draft. Strickland was named to the All-NBA Second Team in 1998, and holds career averages 13.2 points, 3.7 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 1.5 steals per game in 17 seasons in the NBA. In addition to participating in the National Training Camp, Strickland will make appearances and interact with fans at clinics and community events.
The Jr. NBA, the league’s global youth basketball program for boys and girls, teaches the fundamental skills as well as the core values of the game at the grassroots level in an effort to help grow and improve the youth basketball experience for players, coaches and parents. In the 2017-18 season, the NBA reached more than 26 million youth in 71 countries through a variety of camps, clinics, skills challenges, league play and outreach events.
Fans can follow the program on the official website at www.jrnba.asia/singapore and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jrnbasingapore.
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