Celtics' Olynyk traveling to Vietnam with NBA Cares

Celtics' Olynyk traveling to Vietnam with NBA Cares
June 10, 2014, 1:00 pm
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BOSTON — Boston Celtics big man Kelly Olynyk will be among those participating in Jr. NBA Vietnam 2014 June 13-15 at Ton Duc Thang University in Ho Chi Minh City.

"It's a great opportunity for me to see the world, experience different places and lend a helping hand to a community that might be less privileged in the basketball world and in life," Olynyk said. "Vietnam is a great opportunity to go over there with the Junior NBA and just broaden horizons on both levels."

The event will consist of the top 40 boys and top 24 girls who were standout performers at the Selection Camp in May. At the end of the National Training camp which is presented by the Dutch Lady program, 10 boys and four girls will be named as the inaugural Jr. NBA Vietnam All-Stars and will have an opportunity to play against against a counterpart team from another country later this year.

Olynyk has been among the more active players in the NBA to participate in community-related events. The 7-foot rookie made a team-high 30 community service appearances during the 2013-2014 season.

"I just enjoy them," said Olynyk. "You can learn a lot as a person from these kids, different places you go and the different experiences you have. It's just broadening your horizons. Anytime you have a chance to give back, I like to do so."

The program is free and open to players between 5 and 14 years old. Players between the ages of 10 to 14 will be eligible for top selection during the Selection Camp and National Training Camp.

For more information, check out the Jr. NBA event website at www.jrnba.asia/vietnam. Fans can also follow Jr. NBA on Facebook at www.facebook.com/jrnbavietnam.