DeMarre Carroll to Participate in Week 3 of 28th Annual Junior Jazz Road Trip

Jazz forward to conduct 16 clinics in Utah, Idaho and Wyoming from August 6-11.
by Bill Lea

SALT LAKE CITY (July 30, 2012) – The Utah Jazz announced today that forward DeMarre Carroll will take part in Week 3 of this summer’s annual Junior Jazz road trip, a barnstorming tour which conducts approximately 41 basketball clinics covering more than 4,000 miles across four states for three weeks each summer. Week 3 featuring Carroll commences on Monday, August 6, and will include the Jazz forward running 16 basketball clinics in 16 different cities and towns across Utah, Idaho and Wyoming over a six-day span.

“We are very grateful to the many Jazz fans throughout the Intermountain Region and this is a great chance for us to give back to those communities and show them we appreciate their support,” said Jazz president Randy Rigby. “We are excited that Jeremy, Derrick and DeMarre have chosen to participate in this year’s Junior Jazz road trip and get the opportunity to work with and visit young Jazz fans across Utah, Idaho, Nevada and Wyoming.”

The 2012 edition of the Junior Jazz road trip marks the 28th 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, Idaho, Nevada and Wyoming. Following each clinic, the Jazz player will sign autographs and pose for pictures.

Week 1 of the Junior Jazz road trip featured Jazz forward and 2012 NBA Slam Dunk champion Jeremy Evans running clinics in 12 cities in Utah and Nevada from June 18-22. Week 2 featuring Jazz forward and 2012 USA Men’s Select Team member Derrick Favors is taking place this week (July 30-August 3) across 13 Utah cities and towns. A complete schedule of Week 3 of the Junior Jazz tour featuring Carroll is found below.

Former Jazz greats Karl Malone and John Stockton are among the numerous Jazz players to have participated in the Junior Jazz trips over the years. The Junior Jazz program is the largest and longest-running youth basketball league in the NBA and the Jazz is the only team in the NBA to conduct a summer tour.

About Junior Jazz

Junior Jazz, the longest-running youth basketball league in the NBA, has been shaping the face of local amateur sports for the past 29 years. Beginning with only 7,133 participants in its initial year, the popular program has grown to the largest in the NBA with 55,000 players and an additional 13,000 volunteers who take part each year. Kindergartners through 12th-graders are eligible to participate, and individual programs are managed through recreation centers in Utah, Arizona, Idaho, Montana, Nevada and Wyoming. Junior Jazz programs promote sportsmanship, fundamental athletic development and having fun.

Each Jazz player participates in one-to-two Junior Jazz clinics per year, visiting both local and outlying districts, where they speak to youth and conduct a total of 15 basketball clinics along the Wasatch Front each season.

In 2006, Junior Jazz launched a good sportsmanship initiative that recognizes and rewards kids, coaches and parents for being good sports. This year’s sportsmanship winners attended a party on March 19, 2012, where Jazz guard Raja Bell and forward Josh Howard presented awards to individual sportsmanship winners.

Notable alumni of the Junior Jazz leagues include current NFL player Brady Poppinga (St. Louis), ex-Brigham Young University and NBA players Shawn Bradley and Travis Hansen, former college football stars and NFL wide receivers Kevin Curtis (Utah State) and Kevin Dyson (Utah), 2008 American Idol finalist David Archuletta and Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) fighter DaMarques Johnson.

About DeMarre Carroll

Originally selected by Memphis in the first-round (27th overall) of the 2009 NBA Draft, DeMarre Carroll (6-8, 212, Missouri) was signed by the Jazz on February 9, 2012 and appeared in 20 games (nine starts) last season for Utah, averaging 4.8 points and 2.5 rebounds in 16.4 minutes per game. He started the final nine games of the season and scored in double figures three times. Carroll has appeared in 107 career games (nine starts) over three seasons with Memphis, Houston, Denver and Utah and owns career averages of 3.0 points and 2.0 rebounds in 11.1 minutes.

A native of Birmingham, Ala., Carroll played two collegiate seasons at Vanderbilt University before transferring to Missouri, where he averaged 16.6 points and 7.2 rebounds as a senior and helped the Tigers to the 2009 Elite Eight. Carroll earned his bachelor’s degree from Missouri in human and organizational development, and is a few credit hours shy of his master’s degree in human development and family studies.

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