The National Basketball Association (NBA) today announced that Danilo Gallinari of the Los Angeles Clippers will travel to Ho Chi Minh City to participate in the Jr. NBA Vietnam National Training Camp from June 22-24.
The National Training Camp, staged at the SSA Sports Center from June 22-23 and at SC Vivo City on June 24, is the culmination of the 2018 Jr. NBA Vietnam presented by Dutch Lady program. Gallinari will help coach 64 boys and girls selected from Regional Selection Camps in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City. Bango, the official mascot of the Milwaukee Bucks, will also be in attendance to interact with the players and entertain fans. At the end of the National Training Camp, eight boys and eight girls will be named as the 2018 Jr. NBA Vietnam All-Stars and travel to Shanghai in October to attend NBA China Games 2018 featuring the Philadelphia 76ers and the Dallas Mavericks.
“It’s extremely encouraging that thousands of Vietnamese boys and girls are picking-up and enjoying the game through the Jr. NBA program, and I can’t wait to meet some of them and help further their basketball development,” said Gallinari.
Gallinari was drafted 6th overall by the New York Knicks in the 2008 NBA Draft. Born in Italy, Gallinari is one of 108 international players from a record 42 countries and territories who were on opening-night rosters for the 2017-18 NBA season. Gallinari averaged 15.3 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 2 assists per game in his first season with the Los Angeles Clippers.
The Jr. NBA, the league’s global youth basketball participation 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. During the 2017-18 season, the NBA will reach more than 26 million youth in 71 countries through a variety of camps, clinics, skills challenges, league play and outreach events.
Dutch Lady has partnered with the NBA as part of its Drink.Move.BeStrong campaign to help foster an active lifestyle and diet while highlighting the important role milk plays in children's growth and development. According to SEANUTS research, a South East Asia Nutrition Study on nutrition in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam, more than one in five Vietnamese children lead inactive lifestyles and drink less than one 180ml pack of milk per day. Findings suggest that these children are 2.6 times more likely to be obese when compared to active kids who drink at least one 180ml pack of milk every day.
In addition to Dutch Lady, YAN TV and VTVcab serve as Official Broadcasters of Jr. NBA Vietnam, while Spalding and Saigon Sports Academy serve as supporting partners. The event is also supported by local basketball federations, the Consulate General of the United States in Ho Chi Minh City and the Embassy of the United States in Hanoi.