Filipino basketball player Kiefer Ravena has become the first-ever Filipino athlete to join the iconic Jordan Brand family.
The announcement dropped on Tuesday (May 4) in a press release by the sports apparel company, which falls under the umbrella of Nike Inc.
In an Instagram post, Ravena revealed that he’s still processing the achievement and thanked his family, friends for being a strong support system throughout his basketball career.
“I still can’t believe that I’m part of the Jordan Brand Family,” he wrote.
“I’m very fortunate to have a great support system. My parents, my friends, my teammates and the fans. In basketball, that’s all you need,” the Gilas Pilipinas captain added.
Ravena, who plays for the NLEX Road Warriors, now joins the likes of Luka Doncic, Jayson Tatum, Zion Williamson, Kia Nurse, Satou Sabally, and Asia Durr in representing the famed collaboration between Basketball Legend Michael Jordan and Nike.
According to Jordan Brand President Craig Williams, Ravena perfectly embodies the message they want to send out, especially towards young athletes in the Philippines.
“Basketball has a powerful influence on youth culture around the globe, and Kiefer can inspire future generations of ballers to make an impact in their hometowns and beyond,” Williams shared in a statement.
“We are united by a shared love for the game, and Kiefer – a two-time UAAP MVP and champion – represents the passion and love for basketball that you see all over the Philippines,” he added.
Throughout his career, Ravena has been nothing short of exemplary.
During his Ateneo Blue Eaglet days, Ravena managed to rack up numerous achievements – three titles and two finals MVP awards in the Juniors Division of the UAAP.
After moving up to the senior division of the collegiate sports competition, Ravena swiped two championships for his team – Ateneo de Manila University – and was crowned as MVP in the 2014 and 2015 seasons.
Apart from this, Ravena is the only basketball player to hold a total of five SEA Games gold medals, which he collected from 2011 to 2019.
He’s also represented the country in other international tournaments – the 2017 FIBA Asia Champions Cup, the 2019 FIBA World Cup, and several FIBA 3×3 tournaments, such as the 2013 FIBA Asia 3×3 Championship and 2017 3×3 FIBA World Cup.
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Image credit: Kiefer Ravena’s Official Instagram Page