SBP names Jack Animam as 'Women in Basketball' ambassador

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 8) – Due to her stellar achievements on the court, Gilas Pilipinas Women stalwart Jack Animam was named "Women in Basketball" ambassador by Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas on Thursday.

SBP President Al Panlilio said Animam will surely inspire more Filipina basketball players in her role by not just devoting themselves to the sport but also to reaching for their other dreams in life.

"Jack has been a blessing for women's basketball here in the Philippines and we're happy to have her front-and-center for the SBP's Women in Basketball program," Panlilio said. "We know how passionate she is about elevating Filipina basketball players by giving them a bigger stage and that's why she's perfect for the role."

Animam recently led Shih Hsin University to an undefeated season in the University Basketball Association in Taiwan, extending her personal winning streak to 96 games.

Prior to her Taiwan stint, the 6-foot-5 Animam played a vital role in the dominance of the National University Bulldogs in the UAAP women's basketball competitions. The Sampaloc-based squad won the collegiate league's last six titles while posting an unprecedented 96-game winning streak.

Animam received accolades such as the UAAP Most Valuable Player award in 2017, Rookie of the Year in 2015, and being a four-time Mythical Five member.

In the national team, Animam represented the country in both 5x5 and 3x3 play in the 2015 FIBA Asia Women's Championship, 2016 SEABA Championship, 2018 FIBA 3x3 World Cup, and 2019 FIBA Asia 3x3 Cup.

The Bulacan native was a double gold medalist in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games as she steered the 5x5 and 3x3 women's basketball teams to the championship.

Animam's ambassador role coincides with the national federation's continuous investment in women's basketball, in compliance with the FIBA's Women in Basketball program aimed at developing elite competitors and coaches and increase gender diversity and female fans.