Leading telecommunications company Globe Telecom launched the Republika ng TM Basketball Para Sa Bayan (TM BPSB), a project promoting grassroots sports development in the country. The initiative was developed to hone the basketball skills of underprivileged youth and impart to them the value of sportsmanship.
“TM Basketball Para Sa Bayan is a wonderful way to showcase the talents of up-and-coming basketball players,” said Globe Director for Corporate Social Responsibility Fernando Esguerra. “Working with underprivileged communities and discovering several sports-oriented and talented children give us encouragement that we are indeed on the right track in nation-building through sports.”
Trina Sebastian, Director for TM Portfolio and Brand Management said that through the program, TM would be able to help bring out the potential from the young basketeers s which they may not easily get given the financial barriers that they face.
TM BPSB program consists of basketball clinics and a 3-on-3 tournament held in four different cities around the country. Winning teams will be awarded the opportunity to travel to Manila later this year to participate in NBA 3X 2016 and meet with NBA talents.
Early this month, the first leg of the TM BPSB was staged in Cavite, participated in by 18 teams comprised of more than 70 boys and girls age 9-14. The event was organized by homegrown basketball star and national player LA Tenorio, whose advocacy centers on developing young talent with the potential to lead the country on the international basketball stage.
“Basketball has always been my lifelong passion and it is an honor to be able to share this with the Filipino youth from different backgrounds through Basketball Para Sa Bayan,” said Tenorio.*PNA
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