Jazz Players to Host 14 Clinics Featuring Basketball Fundamentals and Fun for Junior Jazz Youth
SALT LAKE CITY (January 21, 2014) – This season, Utah Jazz players are once again showing their support of the Junior Jazz program by hosting 14 clinics for thousands of youths at area schools and facilities. Clinics are taking place throughout January and February, giving participants in Salt Lake City, Draper, Heber, Layton, Sandy and Park City an opportunity to learn from Jazz players during one-on-one exercises and a variety of drills.
“The Junior Jazz program is a great way for youth to learn the fundamentals of the game,” said Jazz forward Jeremy Evans, who hosted several Junior Jazz clinics last year. “Growing up, I spent a lot of time on the basketball court. It not only strengthened my skills, it also taught me a lot about the importance of teamwork, which is key both on the court and off.”
“The Jazz organization is thrilled to see how much the Junior Jazz program has developed over the past 31 years,” said Randy Rigby, Utah Jazz president. “We are finding that many former Junior Jazz members now have their own children enrolled in the league, which is a testament to the program’s impact. It’s our hope that Junior Jazz continues to thrive and provide positive experiences for many more generations to come.”
Junior Jazz emphasizes the development of teamwork, fundamental basketball skills and fun. Participants include kindergarteners through 12th-graders, many of whom return year after year. Currently in its 31st year, it is the largest and longest-running youth basketball league in the NBA.
A unique facet of the program is the Junior Jazz road trip, an annual three-week tour that will stop in five states this summer. Led by Jazz players, the road trip will feature approximately 42 clinics for 2,000 youth throughout Utah, Arizona, Idaho, Nevada and Wyoming, followed by autograph signings and photo opportunities. The Jazz are the only NBA team to conduct such an event, and this summer marks the 30th edition of the tour.
With ongoing support from Industrial Supply, AT&T, Scheels, Denny’s, Larry H. Miller Dealerships and Savage Companies, the Junior Jazz program includes more than 55,000 players in seven states. With assists from 13,000 volunteers, Junior Jazz continues to grow and change the face of local amateur sports. To learn how your family can get involved, please visit www.utahjazz.com/jrjazz.