3,650 students finish month-long sports program-A A +A
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
MAYOR Celso Lobregat presided Tuesday the graduation of 3,650 young boys and girls who underwent a month-long sports training for free under the City Government's "Summer Learn to Play a Sports" program.
Now on its 16th year, the Summer Learn to Play a Sports program has been a stepping stone for most athletes who compete and win medals in national and international competitions.
Lobregat, in his message, congratulated the youth for enduring the month-long training, as he encouraged them to join the program anew next year so they can continuously hone their talents.
The mayor said the program has been the springboard for most Zamboangueño athletes who haul medals in national and international competitions.
He presented to the public the program participants who brought home gold, silver and bronze medals for their outstanding performance in the recently concluded Philippine National Games (PNG) held in Bacolod.
"This goes to show that Zamboanga is adelante (moving forward) and not kulelat in sports as some of our critics say," Lobregat said, as he proudly presented to the crowd the city's weightlifting, wrestling, judo and pencak silat delegations that garnered the first place in the PNG recently.
All of the delegation members started to hone their craft through the Summer Learn to Play program, which is an annual undertaking of the City Government to polish the talents and skills of youth and ultimately develop world-class athletes.
City Sports Director Bernardito Patiño said a total of 3,650 participants successfully completed the course for the summer sports training, which included 26 sports events.
The different events and the number of participants are as follows: arnis, 42; athletics, 76; badminton, 35; basketball, 437; baseball, 47; body building, 53; boxing, 98; chess, 44; dance sport, 194; fencing, 3; football, 98; gymnastics, 59; judo, 33; karate-do, 436; lawn tennis, 45; muay thai, 139; pencak silat, 290; sepak takraw, 71; swimming, 334; table tennis, 49; taekwondo, 280; volleyball, 80; weightlifting, 88; wrestling, 117; and, wushu, 361.
"We thank the trainers, the coaches, the parents and, of course, the participants for helping make this program a huge success," Lobregat said in his brief message during the closing program at the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex Tuesday afternoon.
He likewise commended the City Sports Division under Patiño for the hard work in organizing the yearly event.
Sangguniang Kabataan Federation President and Councilor Joanna Mari Mas lauded Lobregat for initiating the program aimed to develop the youth into productive citizens of the city.
A simultaneous field demonstration by the participants and the distribution of certificates capped the program. (Bong Garcia)