90 kids join UIC Summer A Basics

AT LEAST 90 young boys, one of them, five-year-old Geoff Caseres, one of the youngest participants from different schools had joined this year’s Summer Basketball A Basics Training 2015 at the Mother Ignacia Gym of the University of Immaculate Conception in Bajada.

The training ended Thursday after three exciting games in the different levels.Dark Team crushed Light, 39-23 in the Intermediate division while Light nipped Dark, 4-3 in the Starter B match. Light also beat Dark, 4-2 in the Starter A game.

Former PBA and MBA player Ferdinand “Dindo” Pastor gave the inspirational talk to the participants, parents and guests. Pastor’s 10-year old son Miguel, a student of Jose Maria College also joined the 2-week basketball clinic for boys aging 5 to 12 years old.

The participants were divided into four levels – Starters A and B and Intermediate A and B.

“We grouped them after conducting a pre-skills’ test in the first day,” said head coach Aladin Saldua, over-all sports coordinator of UIC grade school.

The training sessions were conducted from 12:30 noon to 2:30 p.m. for 6-9 years old and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. for 10-12 years old.

Trainers Albert Burgos and Alex Albores, a former MATS Navigator, were assisted by the UIC high school varsity team of coach Bernardo Didal.

For a registration fee of P1,500, all participants also received a free jersey, certificate, Lipovitan sports bottle and My Baby cologne and baby powder.

As of press time, the formal closing ceremonies and awarding of medals, certificates and special awards were being held at the gym together with the other sports clinics.

The clinic, now on its 3rd year, was still part of the annual UIC Summer Enhancement Sports Program which also includes volleyball, badminton and martial arts.

Among the outstanding athletes produced by the annual summer program are 2015 Palarong Pambansa basketball players Benedict Llanes and Joshua Santiago and UAAP volleyball player Vina Linas of UP Diliman. (PNA)

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