Utah Jazz forward Royce O’Neale took part in the annual Junior Jazz summer road trip, which began its first leg on Monday, June 17. The tour’s first week is travelling nearly 1,000 miles to 13 cities, reaching more than 1,000 Junior Jazz-invited boys and girls.
The event was held in Moab on Wednesday, June 19 at 11 a.m., before going on to Monticello later in the day at 2 p.m.
The event marked O’Neale’s second Junior Jazz road trip, as the Jazz forward joined the caravan around Utah and Nevada during the summer of 2018.
The 2019 Junior Jazz road trip marks the 35th straight year the Jazz have conducted the hour-long basketball clinics for youth in participating Junior Jazz towns across Utah, Idaho, Nevada and Wyoming. Jazz players, alumni and staff support the summer caravan each year, according to a press release from the organization.
O’Neale has been conducting the first week of Junior Jazz clinics, in addition to signing autographs and taking pictures with the participants.
O’Neale appeared in all 82 games (16 starts) with the Jazz in 2018-19. The second-year pro averaged 10.6 points and 4.6 rebounds in five playoff games with the Jazz in the 2019 postseason.
He joined Jazz teammate Georges Niang in March to celebrate the Junior Jazz Sportsmanship Program. The pair helped recognize players and teams that best exemplified sportsmanlike conduct throughout the season.
With nearly two million participants, Junior Jazz completed its 36th season of youth basketball. It is open to youth in kindergarten through 12th grade. For more information on Junior Jazz, visit www.juniorjazz.com.