Young Filipina athlete makes a name in US Women’s Basketball

A young Filipina athlete is making waves in the basketball scene in the US. Third grader Ella Patrice Fajardo is one of the best basketball players not only in her school’s varsity team, Transfiguration Academy Tigers, but also in the whole state, playing for the top-ranking team New Jersey Lady Titans in the Amateur Athletic Union (AAU). Standing a little over five feet, Ella has competed in national leagues in various states, earning trophies as MVP along the way.

L-R: Ava Fajardo, BEST Center founder Coach Nic Jorge & Ella Fajardo
L-R: Ava Fajardo, BEST Center founder Coach Nic Jorge & Ella Fajardo

At only 8 years old, Ella has already been spotted by one of the most respected players in the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA). Original Los Angeles Sparks guard Tamecka Dixon conducts training sessions with the young Pinay because of her promising talent and skill in the sport.

Ella Fajardo with Original Los Angeles Sparks guard Tamecka Dixon
Ella Fajardo with Original Los Angeles Sparks guard Tamecka Dixon

Though she was born and raised in New Jersey, Ella still credits the premiere sports clinic, Basketball Efficiency and Scientific Training (BEST) Center, for her growth in the sport. Over the years, her family travels all the way from the US back to the Philippines to undergo rigorous training at the award-winning sports clinic. Despite the serious coaching in the US, Ella still sees her BEST Center training as the most vital aspect in her improvement.

Ella Fajardo
Ella Fajardo

She attributed the things she learned in BEST Center as a significant part of her success, relating how BEST Center’s focus on scientific approach helped her become a good player. “In the US, they don’t teach the little things that can help you in your game. The drills make you a good player, but it’s the small details that win the game,” shared the basketball prodigy.

Ella recently graduated in Level 3 and will be back this year to complete the basketball program. She is clearly on her way towards her dream of becoming the first Filipina basketball player in the WNBA.

Sponsored by Milo and in cooperation with Chris Sports and SKLZ, BEST Center has been providing kids with scientific teaching methods allowing them to learn the fundamentals of the sport and develop character, values in the best way possible. Its tradition of training kids learn the sport by focusing on the basic has been proven effective for it has been handed down from one generation to another.

The New Jersey Lady Titans at  the Amateur Athletic Union
The New Jersey Lady Titans at
the Amateur Athletic Union

 

To know more information about BEST Center sports clinics, call their hotlines 411-6260, 3723066 and 372-3065 or email bestcentersports@gmail.com.  You may also visit BEST Center Sports Inc. on Facebook.

 

 


 

About BEST Center
Celebrating 36 years of producing basketball legends, the Best Center is the pioneer scientific sports clinic in the country and was cited with an Olympism Award by the Philippine Olympic Committee (POC), and installed in the Hall of Fame by the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA).

 

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