NBA LEGEND HORACE GRANT, New York Knicks City Dancers TOPBILL INAUGURAL NBA 3-on-3 TOURNAMENT in Metro Manila

The first-ever NBA 3-on-3 Philippines presented by Sprite took place in Manila at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall from July 1 – 3, 2011 with exciting on-court competition for seven age divisions and fun experiences for Pinoy basketball fans.

A total of 112 teams in seven divisions – some from Palawan, Cebu and Zamboanga — experienced the NBA’s newest activity in the country, envisioned to be a yearly tournament that will eventually evolve into a pan-ASEAN competition.

 Four-time NBA Champion, All Star and NBA Legend Horace Grant interacted with fans through clinics and an NBA Cares event while the New York Knicks City Dancers wowed the crowd with their  high-energy numbers. The girls, whose dance director Michelle Marella Harris is Filipina, introduced themselves in Pilipino, and endeared themselves to the crowd even more.

“We’re very excited to have partnered with the NBA in this inaugural NBA 3-on-3 event. It is important to encourage the youth to engage in sports like basketball to keep them active and hone their passion for the game at an early age. Sprite is the perfect partner of the NBA because its refreshingly clear attitude embodies the youth spirit of fun and love for the game,” said Criselle Pascual, Sprite Brand Manager, The Coca-Cola Export Corporation.

“The Philippines is the perfect place to launch this event given the country’s rich culture and passion for basketball.  Thanks to the support of all of our partners, we expect this to become an annual competition that gives everyone an opportunity to experience the sport and get further involved in the game of basketball,” said Scott Levy, Senior Vice President and Managing Director, NBA Asia.

NBA-style events such as the Sprite Slam Dunk contest, the Energen Skills Challenge, live music, NBA merchandise giveaways and half time shows by the Knicks City Dancers kept fans entertained every day. Entry to watch the tournament and soak in the festivities was free of charge.

SOLARtv Network Incorporated (Basketball TV and NBA Premium TV) was official media partner together with Studio 23; supporting partners were Energen and Spalding; venue partner was SM Mall of Asia and official hotel was Marriott Manila.

Issued by NBA Asia and Larc&Asset PR

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Sheila Rasu Phone: (852) 2843 9628  E-mail: SRasu@nba.com

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Tessa Jazmines                       Phone: (0917) 5261369

E-mail: tessa@larcandasset.com

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THE RETURN OF NBA FIT (TO PROMOTE HEALTH AND WELLNESS IN THE PHILIPPINES).

Today, July 20, 2011, the National Basketball Association (NBA) announced the returnof NBA FIT in the Philippines from July 25-Aug. 7, 2011 in the entire Metro Manila.  The 2011 Philippines program will see an expanded schedule following the success of last year’s inaugural event. The expanded program will lead by Filipino-American Miami Heat Head Coach Erik Spoelstra.

NBA FIT is the league’s global comprehensive health and wellness program that encourages physical activity and healthy living for children and families through programs and events.

NBA FIT Philippines 2011 is fully endorsed by the Philippines Department of Health (DOH) and will feature Filipino-American Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra, who led his team to the NBA Finals this season. Spoelstra, an NBA FIT team member and NBA Ambassador of the Philippines, will be assisted by some of his Heat coaching staff, as well as local health and wellness experts and celebrities.

NBA FIT programming will include the following elements during the two week event:

NBA FIT Clinics – Held at grade schools, high schools, universities, and shopping malls, these interactive health seminars will focus on three keys to a healthier lifestyle — regular physical activity, better daily nutrition, and smart personal health choices. Fans can take part in various health tests, enjoy healthy cooking demonstrations from celebrity chefs and take part in the NBA FIT Challenge, a timed fitness obstacle course with chances to win great NBA prizes.  Participants with the best times from the tour will be eligible to participate in the grand finale of the NBA FIT Clinics at the SM Mall of Asia Music Hall on August 6th, 2011. The NBA has set a goal for 10,000 fans to make their own commitment to healthy living by signing an NBA FIT Pledge.

NBA FIT Development Camp – Spoelstra and Heat assistant coaches David Fizdale and Chad Kammerer, will lead a basketball camp for the Energen Philippine Under-16 National Team, which is currently preparing for the FIBA-Asia Under-16 Championships in October. The camp will be hosted by the Araneta Center at the world-famous Araneta Coliseum on August 5, 2011.  Gatorade will conduct advanced hydration “sweat tests” that can help educate and prepare the participants for future competitions.  Spoelstra will also lead a coaching clinic for coaches from the Basketball Federation of the Philippines and from National Capital Region high schools and colleges, who will also be invited to observe the camp.

Celebrity NBA FIT Challenge – Following the NBA FIT Development Camp, 16 celebrities from the entertainment and sports world will be divided into four teams to see who can complete the NBA FIT Challenge in the quickest possible time. The winning team will win autographed prizes for their favorite charity.

NBA FIT Fun Run presented by Air21 – The second annual NBA FIT fun run, co-organized by the NBA and RunRio, the premier race organizer in the Philippines, will be held on August 7, 2011 at the Fort Bonifacio Global City.  Approximately 6,000 runners are expected to participate in the run.  Distances include 3K, 5K, 10K and the newly added 21K.  For registration details, log on to RunRio.com.

Spoelstra and the NBA FIT team will also partner with the Philippine Department of Health and Health Secretary Enrique Ona to promote healthy living among local Filipino youth and to educate them on the dangers of smoking, drugs and excessive alcohol consumption.

“I had a really fulfilling trip last year working with Filipino families and youth and I am thrilled to come back to the Philippines under the NBA FIT program,” said Erik Spoelstra, Head Coach of the Miami Heat. “Healthy living and physical activity are so important and NBA FIT is a chance for me to give back to the local community where basketball is such a passion amongst the people.”

“We had such a great response to our first NBA FIT program last year, and we are excited to bring this back to the Philippines in a much bigger way this year, said Ed Winkle, Senior Director, Business Development & Marketing Partnerships, NBA Asia. “We thank our passionate Filipino NBA fans for making this possible and our partners for their continuous support in promoting health and fitness to the Filipino community.”

Official partners of the NBA FIT Philippines 2011 include Gatorade, Energen, Air21, Head & Shoulders, Alaska, Sanofi-Aventis and Philippine Airlines. Media partners supporting the camp are Basketball TV, Studio 23 and NBA Premium TV. Partners in sport include Run Rio and Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP). Venue partners are SM Malls and Araneta Center. Community partners endorsing the program include the Department of Health, and the Food and Nutrition Research Institute.

For more information about NBA FIT Philippines 2011, please log on to www.nba.com/philippines or follow us on twitter at www.twitter.com/NBA_Philippines

About the NBA

The NBA, founded in 1946, is a professional sports league and global business that features 30 teams in the United States and Canada.  During the 2010-11 season, NBA games will reach 215 countries and territories in more than 40 languages.  Official NBA rosters currently feature 83 players from 40 countries and territories.  NBA merchandise is sold in more than 125,000 stores in 100 countries on six continents.  NBA.com averages more than 26 million page views per day, with more than 50 percent of the site’s visitors coming from outside of North America.  The NBA is the No. 1 U.S. sports league on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube, with the most fans, followers, and videos viewed on each, respectively.

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Sheila Rasu         Tel.: 852-2843 9628                Email: srasu@nba.com

Larc & Asset

Tessa  Jazmines         Tel.: 63-2-410 9001                 Email: tessa@larcandasset.com