Grade 8 student Camille Nolasco caught the eye of international coaches and was chosen to represent the Philippines as part of the girls team in the Jr. NBA Global Championships in Orlando, Florida from August 6 to 11.
A basketball awardee in Miriam College, 14 year old Camille looks forward to the competition. “Dream ko po talaga. Gusto ko talaga ma-represent yung Philippines. Thanks to Jr. NBA, nabigyan nila ng opportunities ang mga young athletes,” Camille says in an interview with Manila Bulletin. (https://www.facebook.com/mbulletinsports/videos/460161751222923/)
In an article by Rappler (https://www.rappler.com/sports/by-sport/basketball/nba/233634-four-filipinos-represent-asia-pacific-jr-nba-global-championship) 34 boys and 34 girls from Australia, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, New Zealand, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam joined the qualifying rounds. Among the four Filipino players who made it to the Global Championships, Camille is the lone Filipina who qualified from the Asia Pacific Selection Camp. In the interview, Camille shares “When I first saw my opponents, I didn’t expect to be here since they’re so tall, but I brought the Filipino mentality puso (heart) which helped achieve my goal of being part of the Jr NBA Asia Pacific girls team.”
(Photo courtesy of Manila Bulletin)