US Embassy partners with PSC for basketball clinics

Paul Lintag on Oct 02, 2018 09:06 PM
US Embassy partners with PSC for basketball clinics
Over the course of three sessions in two days, select Jr. NBA Philippines coaches, with special guests Alana Beard and Cherokee Parks, conducted classes with a couple hundred kids, working on their basic basketball skills.

A two-day goodwill basketball camp has wrapped up at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum.

The US Embassy, in partnership with the Philippine Sports Commission and the Alaska Aces, concluded a special series of sports clinics Tuesday in Manila.

Over the course of three sessions in two days, select Jr. NBA Philippines coaches, with special guests Alana Beard and Cherokee Parks, conducted classes with a couple hundred kids, working on their basic basketball skills.

Beard, a four-time WNBA All-Star, and Parks, a former NBA first-round pick, are in the country as NBA Sports Envoys to help out with various programs in coordination with the U.S. State Department Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs.

"In the United States, we know that the Philippines is a big basketball country and we love it. Thank you for having us here, thank you for listening, and thank you for playing hard," Parks said.

Parks, who played for a number of NBA teams including the Golden State Warriors, encouraged the kids to keep grinding even though coaches like him are not always around.

"Doing it solo, that's when it's difficult but that's what makes you better if you do it by yourself. If you're doing things on your own, you motivate yourself [that's what takes you to the next level]," he added.

Beard added that it's important to keep the fire burning and urged the kids to continue with their passion in basketball.

"Keep loving the game, keep dreaming big and if you work hard, I promise you can achieve eveything you want in life," she said.

 

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