Jimmy Alapag, Chot Reyes to spearhead youth hoops program

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Chot Reyes (left) and Jimmy Alapag (right) will lead the six-week training program.

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Seeing kids play basketball on the streets is a common sight.

Some play for fun, but most aspire of becoming professional ball players someday.

Fortunately, there’s a program that can help them achieve that.

Global brand Nike officially launched Rise, a basketball development program that targets young Filipinos in helping them realize their true potential.

The program will scout for kids through a nationwide search across four cities: Dagupan (June 27), Manila (June 28), Cebu (July 4), and Davao (July 5).

A total of 24 young athletes will be selected to undergo a six-week traning that will be headed by former Gilas coach Chot Reyes and former Gilas captain Jimmy Alapag.

“It's really about the work ethic that will help maximize the talent of the players. Rise is a great way to showcase their abilities,” Alapag said at the launch on Tuesday (June 23).

“This platform is an incredible opportunity for the kids to showcase their talent. I’m really excited to work with them.”

The duo will immerse the group in a special kind of training, similar to what professionals undergo — complete with strength and conditioning sessions.

But more than just talent, Reyes says they will also be looking for one particular quality from the kids.

“The best players are not the most skilled players, they are those that have something special in them — that puso factor,” said Reyes.