New York – The Philippine Consulate General in New York supported the recently concluded 1st PHL Basketball clinic and awarding certificates to the participants at ceremonies held during the last day of the 5-day event on 16 June 2019 at Our Lady of Mt Carmel Gym in Jersey City.
The clinic was managed by some members of the PHL Basketball team, who volunteered to teach and share their skills and knowledge of basketball. Mr. Ryan A. Compendio, PCGNY’s Records, Communications and Information Officer, served as one of the coaches.
A total of 48 young players ranging from 3 to 16 years old, mostly from the New Jersey – New York area, benefited from the clinic. The event is part of the Philippine Consulate General’s commitment to its Sports Diplomacy program and its recognition of the concept of a sound mind in a sound body for Fil-Am children.
The children run through basketball drills designed to improve their footwork, passing, dribbling, and shooting abilities. The program also taught the players the value of good sportsmanship, proper attitude to make them team players with important roles to play, and determination to perform their roles to the best of their abilities. It also inspired them to be humble in victory, and gracious in accepting defeat.
The highlights of the clinic were the 5-on-5 basketball games where the children experienced playing the normal full court game, while their parents, relatives, and friends cheered them on as they were able to execute moves that they have learned. The coaches also played with the older kids giving them a taste of playing competitive basketball.
Different Fil-Am groups and organizations supported the project PHL Basketball Team, Jersey City Athletic Association, 360 Fitness, RGX Sportswear, Noodlefan, Team United, JCI New Jersey and the Pan American Concerned Citizens Action League.
(Featured photo: Starting them young through the basketball sports clinic. Photos by Robby Manubay; Press Release from the Philippine Consulate General in New York)