Pinoy’s Love of Basketball Highlighted in the Successful Launch of the PHL Basketball Clinic
New York – What better way to engage with the Filipino-American Community in the US Northeast Region than to appeal to the innate Pinoy exuberance towards basketball.
The PHL Basketball Team, under the auspices of the Philippine Consulate General in New York (PCGNY), held its maiden PHL Basketball Clinic on 5 May 2019 at the Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Gym in Jersey City, New Jersey. Mr. Ryan A. Compendio, PCGNY’s Records, Communications and Information Officer, served as one of the coaches.
The PHL Basketball Team is composed of personnel from the PCGNY, their family members and friends, who have all volunteered to teach and share their technical knowledge of basketball.
Majority of the participants come from the New Jersey-New York area. A total of 40 participants composed of young players ranging from 3 to 14 years old, participated in the first day of the 4-day clinic. The children’s parents, relatives, and friends were present to cheer them on as the children ran through basketball drills designed to improve footwork, passing, dribbling, and shooting ability.
The event is the result of the Philippine Consulate General’s recognition of the concept of a sound mind in a sound body, as well as its commitment to its Sports Diplomacy program.
The clinic instructs kids on the skills necessary to be better players. More than that however, the program aims to teach players the right attitude to make it as team members, and that everyone has a role to play, even if it is only a small role, and in so doing, to perform that role to the best of their abilities. Sports teaches leadership, teamwork and camaraderie. It also teaches to be humble in victory, and accepting in defeat.
The basketball clinic was made possible through the support and help of PHL
Basketball Team, the Jersey City Athletic Association, 360 Fitness, RGX Sportswear, Noodlefan, Team United, JCI New Jersey and the Pan American Concerned Citizens Action League.
The Basketball Clinic will run every Sunday of the month of May from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. (Photos by Mark Cruz; Press Release from the Philippine Consulate General in New York)