Mt. Carmel - Coke Tigers hold basketball clinic

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Friday, May 28, 2010

THE hope of finding the next basketball star from this part of the country took its first step as Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Montesorri and the Coca-Cola Tigers partnered for a short basketball clinic at Brent School Thursday afternoon.

And with Kenneth Duremdes in the fold, these youngsters can look forward to a brighter future for their career in basketball.

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"We have been doing this for two years, the last one we had was three years ago so we thought of reviving the project after JB Baylon of Coca-Cola asked me to once again do the project," said Dona Digna Rosario, OLMCM president in an interview.

And with close to 70 participants coming mostly from Brent School and OLMCM, the half day basketball clinic was realized.

Some of the Coca-Cola Tigers also took part in the event as clinic instructors led by Captain Marbel himself, Durmedes, six other equally talented Tigers showed up to teach the fundamentals of basketball for the participants aged 9 to 14 years old.

"This is also part of our Coca Cola Hoopla program aiming to discover new challenge which were we already started a league named Coca-Cola Hoopla, which hopes to bring the inter-barangay basketball competitions to a higher level as envisioned by Coca-Cola where we bring clinics to children all ovser the country," said Baylon, the team manager and Board representative of Coca-Cola in the PBA.

Baylon said for starters, the tournament will be in the NCR region for its first staging but hopes to make it a nationwide event next year where they hope to bring the league to major key cities around the country.

The tournament pits teams coming from the different cities within NCR under the supervision of the Local Government Units. Champions from the inter-cities will then be grouped into four zones - the North, South, Central and East Manila.

The top teams from each zone will advance and compete for the NCR championship.

Although many basketball talents abound in the country today, Durmemdes, one of PBA's 25 greatest player, said the need to teach the fundamentals of basketball to upcoming players is of paramount importance.

"We need them to teach the proper stance and other basic fundamentals of basketball because these will be their foundation as they grow old," said the PBA 9 time all stars member.

"We're hoping this kids respond to the fundamentals and this clinic would be their stepping stone in becoming someday one of the country's best basketball player," added Duremdes.

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