NBA opens free community court in PH
MANILA, Philippines — The NBA opened its first Community Court in the Philippines at Reyes Gym in Mandaluyong City on Friday.
NBA collaborated with Titanomachy, Inc. (TITAN) in opening the indoor court, which aims to build local basketball communities and provide opportunities for fans and aspiring players to play the game for free at a premier sports facility in Metro Manila.
NBA Philippines Senior Director, Global Marketing Partnerships Mae Dichupa and TITAN Chief Operating Officer Fatima Pilares led the opening of the NBA Community Court.
The country’s first-ever Community Court will host regular basketball development programming throughout the year, including youth and coaches clinics, exhibition games and tournaments. Jr NBA Elite Development Camp, a series of invitation-only Jr. NBA clinics, and “Her Time To Play” activities, the league’s initiative to inspire girls ages 7-17 to learn and play basketball in a positive, will also be held at the court.
“We are proud to introduce the first-ever NBA Community Court in the Philippines, which reflects the NBA’s mission to inspire and connect people everywhere through the power of basketball,” said Dichupa.
Reyes Gym, a 1,000 square-meter indoor basketball court located above a boxing gym and fitness center which was established in January 1990, will oversee the operations of the NBA Community Court, while Titan will provide staff to support the on-court programming during NBA Community Hours.
Starting on Saturday, the NBA Community Court will be open daily from 6:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. and will offer NBA Community Hours – dedicated daily timeslots when players can use the court for free – on weekdays from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., and on weekends from 6 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Fans and players can book a maximum of two NBA Community Hours per day and reserve from the available timeslots up to one week in advance by contacting Reyes Gym at +639672615026 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.
Prior to using the court for NBA Community Hours, all players and spectators will be required at the venue to register or present their NBA ID – the league’s global membership program.