Derrick Favors to Participate in Week 2 of 28th Annual Junior Jazz Road Trip
SALT LAKE CITY (July 23, 2012) – The Utah Jazz announced today that forward Derrick Favors will take part in Week 2 of this summer’s annual Junior Jazz road trip, a barnstorming tour which conducts approximately 42 basketball clinics covering more than 4,000 miles across four states for three weeks each summer. Week 2 featuring Favors commences on Monday, July 30, and will include the Jazz forward running 13 basketball clinics in 13 different Utah cities and towns over a five-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 Derrick has chosen to participate in this year’s Junior Jazz road trip and that he will have the opportunity to work with young Jazz fans across the state of Utah.”
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. Additional details on Week 3, including specifics on Jazz players, clinics and cities, will be announced at a later date. A complete schedule of Week 2 of the Junior Jazz tour featuring Favors 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 Derrick Favors
Originally selected by New Jersey in the first-round (third overall) of the 2010 NBA Draft, Derrick Favors (6-10, 248, Georgia Tech) was acquired by the Jazz on February 23, 2011 and was selected to the NBA’s All-Rookie Second Team following his rookie campaign in 2010-11. He played in 65 games (nine starts) during his first full season in Utah in 2011-12, averaging 8.8 points, 6.5 rebounds and 1.0 block in 21.2 minutes per game. Favors registered 13 double-doubles on the season, scoring in double figures 26 times while grabbing double-digit rebounds in 18 games. Favors was chosen to the 2012 USA Men’s Select Team that trained against the 2012 USA Basketball Men’s National Team prior to the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
A native of Atlanta, Ga., Favors was the 2009 national high school player of the year and played one collegiate season at Georgia Tech, where he was named 2009-10 Atlanta Coast Conference Rookie of the Year, before entering the NBA Draft.