THE Cebu City Sports Commission’s first grassroots development program in boxing began last Saturday at the Barangay Pahina San Nicolas.

CCSC’s new chairman Eduard Hayco, a champion for grassroots development, lent his expertise as the same techniques he used in propagating dancesport, was also used in boxing—volunteers and free barangay clinics.

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“It was very well-received. It was a very touching experience to see many kids as young as nine very eager to learn the boxing routine and techniques coached by our 25 volunteer trainers from Team Cebu City Boxing. Many of the teenagers, adults as well as kids were just barefoot,” said Hayco.

Hayco had a huge hand in making dancesport one of the most popular sports in Cebu after Dancesports Team Cebu City’s extensive promotion of the sport that brought them to far-flung barangays to teach the sport to the youngsters there.

He added they hope to see the next Manny Pacquiao from Barangays Sawang Calero, Suba, Duljo Fatima, San Nicolas and Pasil.

“Maybe one of these barangays will be the next Gen. Santos of Cebu where the bystanders would rather train boxing and do positive activities than do petty crimes or even drugs,” he said.

The second leg of the free clinic will be at the San Nicolas Sports Complex.