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Junior Jazz Basketball Clinic in Kanab on August 10
Center Jeff Withey of the Utah Jazz will visit Kanab to host the annual Junior Jazz basketball clinic, sponsored by ROOT SPORTS. The tour will visit 40 cities in four states and reach more than 2,000 boys and girls.
Withey is coming off his first season as a Jazzman and is a first-time participant in the Junior Jazz summer caravan. Withey has given back to the Salt Lake community in a variety of ways, including participation in Jazz Reading Day and the team’s “Commitment to Service” event at the Utah Food Bank. He also hosted a basketball clinic during the Junior Jazz Sportsmanship Party, as well as attended the Jazz annual fundraiser.
The 2016 Junior Jazz road trip marks the 32nd consecutive year the Jazz have conducted the hour-long basketball clinics for youth in participating Junior Jazz towns across Utah, Wyoming, Nevada and Idaho. Each event this week will feature Jeff Withey running the clinics, as well as signing autographs and taking pictures with the participants.
Each Junior Jazz participant will receive a pair of Utah Jazz/ROOT SPORTS co-branded basketball socks. ROOT SPORTS is the exclusive television home of at least 75 Jazz games each season, helping to keep fans connected to the team all year long.
The clinic will be held on Wednesday, August 10, from 11 a.m.-12:00 p.m. at the Kanab Middle School, 690 S Cowboy Way.
Former Jazz greats Karl Malone and John Stockton and current Jazz forward Derrick Favors are among the numerous Jazz players to have participated in the Junior Jazz trips over the years. The Jazz are the only team in the NBA to conduct a summer tour.
Currently in its 32nd year, Junior Jazz is the largest and longest-running youth basketball league in the NBA and emphasizes teamwork, fundamental basketball skills and fun. Members include kindergarteners through 12th graders, many of whom return year after year. The Junior Jazz program includes more than 50,000 participants in seven states.