THE Papua New Guinea and Philippines' Discovery Perlas women's teams conducted sports clinics at the Ateneo de Davao University (AdDU) and at Daniel R. Aguinaldo National High School before seeing action in the 3rd Discovery Women's Basketball Invitational that started at the Almendras Gym Davao City Recreation Center on Thursday.
AdDU sports officer Mark Samante said the two teams held the clinics to make the most of their stay. "Sayang na din kasi nandito na sila sa Davao so nagbahagi din sila ng kanilang knowledge sa mga athletes sa dalawang schools," Samante said.
He added that the Turkmenistan team failed to join the clinics having arrived late Wednesday.
"Basically they shared their knowledge on the basics of basketball," Samante said.
Pitted in the opener are Papua New Guinea-1 against Turkmenistan and Discovery Perlas against Papua New Guinea-2.
Samante said that the invitational was made possible through the close relationship between Ateneo and the organizer Discovery.
He also said that the event opened up the idea for them to be more engaged in global-related events. "We are not only focusing on the local setting. We are opening up for global events and competitions for our athletes and students here in the city," he added.
Discovery Perlas team manager Cynthia Tiu will grace the league's opening rites.
The women's cagefest is presented by the Discovery Leisures Company. It is also sponsored by the city government of Davao through the Sports Development Division of the City Mayor's Office (SDD-CMO), Philippine Sports Commission (PSC), The Royal Mandaya Hotel, Sterling Bank of Asia, Chevrolet-Davao, Chowking, Gatorade, Havaianas, GrabTaxi, Summit, Gerry's Grill, Uratex and AdDu.
Admission is free. (KRP)