Jeremy Evans and Ian Clark to Participate in 30th Annual Junior Jazz Road Trip
Players to Conduct 42 Clinics in Utah, Idaho, Nevada and Wyoming
SALT LAKE CITY (July 21, 2014) – The Utah Jazz announced today that forward Jeremy Evans and guard Ian Clark will take part in this summer’s annual Junior Jazz road trip, which tips off on Monday, July 28. The three-week, 42-city event will reach more than 2,000 boys and girls and cover more than 4,000 miles across four states.
The 2014 edition of the Junior Jazz road trip marks the 30th straight year the Jazz has conducted the events, which feature Jazz players running hour-long basketball clinics for kids in participating Junior Jazz towns across Utah, Nevada, Wyoming and Idaho. Following each clinic, Evans and Clark will sign autographs and pose for pictures.
“Throughout the years, our players have been tremendous ambassadors for the Jazz with their participation in Junior Jazz clinics,” said Randy Rigby, Utah Jazz president. “We appreciate the support of our surrounding communities and look forward to visiting the hometowns of these Junior Jazz players for an up-close basketball experience.”
The first two weeks (July 28–Aug. 2 and Aug. 4-9) will feature forward Jeremy Evans running Junior Jazz clinics in 31 cities in Utah, Nevada, Wyoming and Idaho. Jazz guard Ian Clark will lead clinics the third week (Aug. 11-14) in 11 cities in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho. A complete schedule of the Junior Jazz tour is below.
A Jazz forward and winner of the 2012 NBA All-Star Slam Dunk Contest, Evans is also a champion in the community. The top Jazz shot blocker is entering his fifth season both with the Jazz and as a Junior Jazz summer tour participant. Evans recently combined his passion for art and community outreach by working with youth from The Road Home Shelter on an art project on display in downtown Salt Lake City.
Clark, a Jazz guard and 2013 Las Vegas Summer League Championship Game MVP, made an immediate impact during his first season with the Jazz both on the court and in the community. In recognition of Autism Awareness Month in April, Clark, who has a family member with the disorder, hosted a special meet and greet for students from the Carmen B. Pingree Center for Children with Autism.
Former Jazz greats Karl Malone and John Stockton and current Jazz center Derrick Favors are among the numerous Jazz players to have participated in the Junior Jazz trips over the years. The Jazz is the only team in the NBA to conduct a summer tour.
Currently in its 31st year, Junior Jazz is the largest and longest-running youth basketball league in the NBA. The program emphasizes the development of teamwork, fundamental basketball skills and fun. Members include kindergarteners through 12th-graders, many of whom return year after year. With ongoing support from Industrial Supply, Scheels, Denny’s, Larry H. Miller Dealerships, Savage Companies and Zero Fatalities, the Junior Jazz program includes more than 55,000 players in seven states.
In 2005, the Junior Jazz introduced a good sportsmanship initiative to honor and reward teams, players, coaches and parents for demonstrating respectful and ethical on-court behavior. The 2014 winners were recognized during the eighth annual Junior Jazz Sportsmanship Party at EnergySolutions Arena on March 25. Jazz players Rudy Gobert and Malcolm Thomas joined the celebration to present the awards and shoot hoops with the winners.