By RUBEN M. DONGZAL
Davao City Bureau Chief .
United State embassy sports envoys through the office of Matt Keener, cultural affairs officers, sent two National Basketball Associations (NBA) icons Cherokee Bryan Parks and Alana Monique Beard both American and former professional basketball players.
Parks 6 ft 11 in (211 cm), 240 lb (109 kg) center played nine seasons in the NBA.
Parks played his college basketball at Duke University under coach Mike Krzyzewski and won the 1992 national title during his freshman year.
After college, he was selected by the Dallas Mavericks in the 1st round (12th overall pick) of the 1995 NBA Draft.
Meanwhile, Beard also an American professional basketball player who played for the Los Angeles Sparks of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA).
Beard was the 2017 and 2018 WNBA Defensive Player of the Year.
The NBA icons will participate and share their talents and expertise in series of basketball clinics to 150 children coming from the disadvantage communities to include 150 coaches, P.E teachers and instructors and students.
“We expect them both coaches, teachers and the students to enhance their skills in coaching in the field of basketball and to the children as well specially to the children at risk (CAR) but deserving participants, we wish them to learn the basic and the fundamental rules in playing basketball and perhaps they will divert their attention more in sports” PSC chairman Ramirez said. The event was supported by the office of the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) headed by chairman William “Butch” Ramirez and, the office of Mayor Sara Zimmerman Duterte, of the city of Davao.