CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Through the support of several partners and sponsors, the long-overdue launch of the United Central Luzon Athletic Association (UCLAA) finally happened on Thursday at Robinsons Starmills in this city.
UCLAA, a collegiate association in Central Luzon that aims to showcase the sports skills of the students, was formally introduced coinciding with the kick off of its eight season.
Partnering with one of the biggest sports foundation today, the MVP Sports Foundation, UCLAA Chairman Virgilio Cortez said this season is the start of bigger opportunities for the league, especially to its participants.
Aside from the foundation, UCLAA also partnered with the North Luzon Expressway through its PBA team NLEX Road Warriors, Meralco, Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, Smart Communications, Gatorade, Pepsi, City of San Fernando Water District, City Government of Olongapo and its official media partner, CLTV 36.
The official launch was hosted by Robinsons Starmills led by its group property manager Jodee Paulette Arroyo.
In his opening remarks, Cortez assured their partners of the longevity and continued growth of the sports league.
"We are hoping that UCLAA will be the number one sports league in Central Luzon," Cortez said.
Butch Antonio, program director for basketball of the MVP Sports Foundation and Gilas Pilipinas team manager, commended the people behind the association for continuously propagating basketball to youth in Central Luzon.
"As the Philippines is known as the country with so much passion for basketball, we know that the improvement of the sport will be nationwide through the help of people like you," Antonio said.
NLEx Road Warriors Team Manager Allan Gregorio, for his part, expressed his admiration for the respect of the people of Central Luzon to the basketball community.
Cortez meanwhile clarified that aside from basketball, UCLAA will also be showcasing volleyball, table tennis, taekwondo and badminton.
For this year, UCLAA membership grew from six to 14, which include Bulacan State University, University of the Assumption, Holy Angel University, Tarlac State University, Guagua National Colleges, Systems Plus College Foundation, Colegio de Sebastian, St. Nicholas College of Business and Technology, Bulacan Polytechnic University, Don Honorio Ventura Technological State University, Angeles University Foundation, Asian Institute of E-Commerce, Pampanga State Agricultural University and host Lyceum of Subic Bay.
The event will be held at the Rizal Triangle, Olongapo City on November 11 to 13 of this year.
To formally launch the season, a ceremonial tip-off for solidarity was conducted by the coaches of the participating institutions together with UCLAA officials and sponsors.