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10,000 join CCSC summer sports program

SOME 10,000 athletes had their culminating activity at the Cebu City Sports Center last May 5 after joining the month-long Cebu City Summer Grassroots sports training program in various schools all over Cebu City.

The program, spearheaded by the Cebu City Sports Commission, involved over 800 volunteer coaches for selected sports in the City Central School, Abellana National School and the elementary schools in Tejero, Guadalupe, Tisa, Punta Princesa and Labangon. There were also a few mountain-based schools involved.

“We actually intended this program for the preparation of the athletes in the Unit Meet, Division Meet, Regional Meet and even the Palarong Pambansa since they can focus on sports during summer,” said Bernard Ricablanca of the CCSC.

Ricablanca said the CCSC started teaching kids during summer so they can pick up skills that could be honed during school days. Members of Team Cebu City (TCC), who compete in the Batang Pinoy and other LGU-based competitions, are the ones who handled the training as part of their community service as members of TCC.

Ricablanca also said that the summer sports program is in ine with the school for sports program of Cebu City, which has City Central and ANS as pilot areas. The school for sports program has all athletes being placed in one section, allowing them to train together after class.

Meanwhile, one of the participants of the clinic hopes his stint can lead to fulfilling his dream of competing internationally.

“It really means a lot to me, as my motivation is to reach my dream, which is to become an international athlete. (Being an international athlete) will benefit my parents and my family,” said Joie Co, a 13-year-old aspiring track and field athlete.

Meanwhile, tchoukball coach Jon Mark Santamaria relishes the chance of being able to influence young athletes.

“When you are coaching, you have the opportunity to be able to make an impact in the lives of the children and the athlete. Sports teaches values can help not only in their goals as athletes but at the same time, their good standing in society said,” Santamaria. (Sallerine Casas and Jinky Mejos, PIT interns)

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