THE Cebu City Sports Commission’s (CCSC) plan of holding a tryout for the Team Cebu City (TCC) men’s volleyball squad that will compete in the Philippine National Games next month in Manila will not push through, after all.

According to CCSC chairman Edward Hayco, as much as they want to send the best men’s volleyball team, they decided they’d rather give the slots to athletes who have helped the CCSC grassroots program.

“We are open only for athletes who helped in the CCSC grassroots program. That’s why there are no tryouts. I hope the sports community will understand the culture shift. It’s not anymore medal-based but community service-based. It has worked with dancesport, it will work with the other sports,” said Hayco.

The volunteer volleyball coach Jordan Paca said Hayco is implementing the value of volunteerism.

“Most of those sent to compete in the PNG are volunteers in the CCSC grassroots program. It is now being strictly implemented,” said Paca.

Last year, only a women’s indoor volleyball team was sent, represented by Southwestern University (SWU) Lady Cobras and they ranked third.

And for the team eager to represent Cebu City again in the PNG, they have volunteered to be part of the CCSC indoor volleyball grassroots program, which Paca believes has made his players very grounded.

“It served its purpose, my players have developed their compassion to help others. The experience has not only made them a better player but a better person,” said Paca.