Phoenix Suns host skills academies Oct. 23 at two Scottsdale locations

Phoenix Suns players Eric Bledsoe and Sonny Weems will celebrate Jr. NBA Week during two Suns Skills Academies on Friday, Oct. 23, where more than 200 local youth will learn fundamental basketball skills along with the values of the game.

Each Suns Skills Academy will consist of a variety of stations designed to replicate the NBA Draft Combine, where draft prospects are tested on their vertical jump, running maximum vertical and a reactive shuttle run. The children in attendance will also participate in a Q&A session and group photo with the players.

Additionally, Suns alumni Joe Courtney and Tim Kempton will visit with Jr. Suns leagues at two YMCAs on Saturday, Oct. 24. Phoenix is one of five markets the NBA selected to tip-off its expanded Jr. NBA efforts, designed to positively impact children’s lives through the game of basketball.

In Scottsdale, the following events will be offered:

* Boys & Girls Club of Greater Scottsdale, Virginia G. Piper Branch, 10515 E. Lakeview Drive, Scottsdale, 5-6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23. Schedule to appear: Sonny Weems, Suns guard; Tom Chambers, Suns Ring of Honor member; Steven Hunter and Mark West, Suns alumni.

* Scottsdale/Paradise Valley YMCA, 6869 E. Shea Blvd., Scottsdale, 7-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 23. Scheduled to appear: Eric Bledsoe, Suns guard; Tom Chambers, Suns Ring of Honor member; Steven Hunter and Mark West, Suns alumni.

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