The PBA gave gifts to street children and drew cheers in a street court in Marikina and in three nearby barangay courts Thursday to kick off its new outreach program that brings the league stars closer to the fans. Ernie Peñaredondo/Philstar.com/File Photo

PBA reaches out to barangay youths
Nelson Beltran (The Philippine Star) - January 13, 2018 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — The PBA launched its new outreach program that effectively reaches out to the youth with PBA top players and a legend playing ball with barefoot ballers in barangay courts.

The PBA gave gifts to street children and drew cheers in a street court in Marikina and in three nearby barangay courts Thursday to kick off its new outreach program that brings the league stars closer to the fans.

Rain or Shine’s Beau Belga, Magnolia’s Rodney Brondial and cage legend Benjie Paras led the PBA group in the initial sortie of the “PBA Homecourt” program introduced by league officer-in-charge Willie Marcial.

“We made several kids very happy. We gave them that great feeling of being with the PBA players,” said Marcial.

The PBA group gave away gift packs, pins and balls in their unannounced visits in the playing courts in Barangay Marilag in Quezon City and Barangays Jesus dela Peña and Tanong in Marikina.

“We also dropped by a street court where kids were playing barefoot. We saw in their eyes their great surprise as Beau Belga, Rodney Brondial and Benjie Paras joined them in shooting the ball,” said Marcial.

“The kids and we in the PBA had great fun. We’ll continue this program until I’m the PBA officer in charge,” Marcial added.

Marcial said they would do the same in the PBA road games.

“If we pass by a basketball court with kids playing, we’ll stop by and bring goodwill,” Marcial said.

The plan is to make the sortie at least thrice a month to reach out to the fans and promote the game.

“Tinanong ko nga si Beau, kung nung bata ka nadalaw kayo sa court ni Robert Jaworski, ano mararamdamam mo? For sure, great feeling,” said Marcial. “That’s what we want to bring to the kids in our barangays.”

BARANGAY COURTS OUTREACH PROGRAM PBA
Philstar
Facebook
  • Latest
  • Trending
Latest
Are you sure you want to log out?
X
Login

Philstar.com is one of the most vibrant, opinionated, discerning communities of readers on cyberspace. With your meaningful insights, help shape the stories that can shape the country. Sign up now!

SIGN IN
or sign in with
Read and share the latest news
whenever and wherever you are.
Top Stories
Features the most relevant stories,
exclusive content, analyses and special reports.
As It Happens
Get bite-sized highlights and up-to-date
information as the news breaks.
Latest
View the most recent
stories of the day.
Log-in
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet,
consectetur adipiscing elit.
Quisque justo est, auctor vel ullamcorper.
Log-in
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet,
consectetur adipiscing elit.
Quisque justo est, auctor vel ullamcorper.
How to follow As It Happens stories
STEP 1
Click the story in the As it Happens section.
How to follow As It Happens stories
STEP 2
Click "Follow Story" for updates on the news.
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Aliquam eu metus vitae felis tincidunt finibus ut id sapien. Integer volutpat dui eu malesuada dignissim. Sed varius justo nulla, fringilla convallis sem porta sed.
How to follow Author
STEP 1
Click on the author's name in the article.
How to follow Author
STEP 2
Once you click on the author's name, you will be
brought to the Authors page. Click "Follow Author"
to stay updated on the author's works
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Aliquam eu metus vitae felis tincidunt finibus ut id sapien. Integer volutpat dui eu malesuada dignissim. Sed varius justo nulla, fringilla convallis sem porta sed.
How to follow Tags
STEP 1
Click on a tag in the article.
How to follow Tags
STEP 2
When you click on a tag, it will take you to the
dedicated tag page where you'll see the article
viewed, along with other stories with that tag.

Click the "follow tag" button to stay updated on
the topic.
Lorem ipsum dolor sit amet, consectetur adipiscing elit. Aliquam eu metus vitae felis tincidunt finibus ut id sapien. Integer volutpat dui eu malesuada dignissim. Sed varius justo nulla, fringilla convallis sem porta sed.