MICHELLE Gumabao, one of several famed personalities in Philippine volleyball, knows the virtue of sending children in training camps and teaching them the fundamentals of the sport.
“To encourage them, push them and make them confident enough to venture out of their comfort zones,” said Gumabao at the culmination of the Alaska Powercamp that featured basketball, volleyball and football clinics for kids in Baguio City.
As camp director of the Alaska Volleyball Powercamp held at the University of Baguio gymnasium, Gumabao shared her expertise on attacking the net as well as instilling the values of discipline, hard
work, team work and sportsmanship that made her a Finals MVP in UAAP Season 75 while playing for La Salle.
“A lot of these kids are not into sports. We really target those who don’t know how to play and those who are just starting out,” said the pretty opposite hitter who will see action for the newly formed kids, including 24 girls, participated in the Alaska Basketball Powercamp at the Philippine Military Academy gym for eight days under Alaska Aces assistant coach and camp director Jeffrey Cariaso.
Football camp director Tomas Lozano also facilitated a week-long clinic at the Benguet because this is what real champions are made of,” said Cariaso, who won several championships with the Alaska Aces as a player, including a rare grandslam in 1996.
The Alaska Powercamp has designed a training program for children six to 18 years old to cultivate their potential through a series of school and open clinics that began early April.
It also seeks to help these young talents form the habit of getting the right nourishment by drinking milk and leading a healthy and active lifestyle.
According to the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), obesity has become one of the most pressing nutritional issues of Filipino children today with about five out 100 Filipino kids who are overweight. (Roderick Osis/With a report from Shaura Cuyan, UC Intern)
Published in the SunStar Baguio newspaper on June 13, 2017.
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