You don't need to go far to find a basketball court in the Philippines. Everywhere you look you will see one, such as this makeshift basketball court in the Romblon region in the center part of the country. Tonight, Rose, our daughter and I enjoyed courtside seats... and we Loved it! Here's why?
NOTE: When I asked my wife what the most common sports are in the Philippines, she told me, 'Boxing, Basketball, and Beauty Pageants'.
I didn't think a Beauty Pageant was a sport, but she told me how competitive the girls are and how much they workout, that locals consider beauty pageants a sport. Hmmm? Nevertheless, let's get back to Filipino Basketball.
Practice, Practice, Practice!
We live near the basketball court, so we can hear the kids at 6am practicing their shooting and 1-on-1 ball handling skills. They are excited to play in these games because it allows them to be challenged by other barangays, and they have an opportunity to win a trophy and other prizes. (6am B-ball doesn't bother us because we are up at the crack of dawn).
This weekend, our Barangay (Filipino Village) in Hinaguman is having their annual fiesta. Before the fiesta (festival) begins, the barangay sponsors a basketball tournament with the local kids and adult teams. When I attended my first game a few years ago, I didn't expect much. But these kids are awesome! Ball handling, plays down the court, vision down the court & passing, shooting and rebounding. It's very physical and the maturity level is beyond what I could ever have imagined. (Oh, did I imagine that some of these kids are playing barefoot or in rubber slippers?)
Because I know the benefits of playing sports, I enjoy the excitement and commitment of these young players. With this in mind, I want to help them and future players benefit from getting involved in this type of activity. Therefore, Rose & I decided that we want to help these young athletes. What this means is that we decided that we are going to create a fund to finance uniforms and equipment for these young players that play in these tournaments.
Can you imagine how this will make a barefoot kid feel when they get a uniform, or a pair of shoes? It's going to be an emotional moment and a proud moment for, not on the player, but also the family. Strive for greatness. Strive to be beyond what you think you can be.
If you want to attend the basketball game & the fiesta, let us know so you can join us for the celebration. Send us an email at PiliNutFarms@Gmail.com.
If you can't attend, but you want to help, then let us know how you want to help by sending us an email at PiliNutFarms@Gmail.com.
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This article was written by Greg Pasden, Best Selling author, International Traveler/Explorer, Expat. All rights reserved.
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