THE Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi) isn’t just all about the games but is also concerned with welfare of the studies of each athlete.

Cesafi’s goal is “building champions on and the field,” which is why they had a thorough six-hour screening of the football players last Aug. 12.

Cesafi requires college students to pass 60 percent of their subjects. High school students must pass all.

Jonathan Maximo, as the tournament manager in Cesafi’s football tournament, shares the advocacy and said it’s the reason he has shown his support.

“Looking back made me realize that a sports event can somehow make or unmake a person, particularly the youth.  Depending on the thrust of a sports organization it can make a youth to become an elite athlete, as in the case of the national sports associations (NSA), representing the country in international competitions, or, as in the case of Cesafi and other school leagues—guide the youth to balance academic and sports. 

Cesafi clearly ‘uses’ sports to mold the youth of today become the leaders of tomorrow,” said Maximo in an e-mail to Sun.Star Cebu.

The Cesafi football tournament will kick off on Sept. 4 at the University of San Carlos-Technology Center.

The USC-North Campus will face the University of San Jose-Recoletos at 1 p.m., while the University of Southern Philippines Foundation face the Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu in the high school division.