DAVAO CITY-- The Philippine Sports Commission (PSC)-backed Kadayawan Girls Volleyball opened at the University of Mindanao (UM) gym in Matina here yesterday with some 150 under-13 players from 10 teams urged by top PSC officials to study hard and pursue their dreams.
PSC Chairman William “Butch” Ramirez said, “Kini dula-dula ra ni pero tanang nisikat sama sa mga national athletes nato wala mideretso og daug sa gold, silver or bronze. Sugod ra pud sila og enjoy-enjoy sa dula. Mag-eskwela jud ta og tarong kay importante na. Kung dili ta mag-eskwela dili mabuak ang kapobre (This tournament is just for fun but all our popular national athletes did not win the gold, silver or bronze automatically. They also began with fun games like this. What’s really important is for you to study hard and study well).”
Education, according to him, is the only way to alleviate anybody from poverty.
Thus, he encouraged the girl players from different public elementary schools in the city to be serious in their studies as well as in their sport.
“Ako promdi raman ko, maayo gani mo kay taga syudad mo. Nag-eskwela ko parehas ra pud ninyo, nagtuon... wala damha mamahimo kong government
official og mag libot-libot sa laing lugar (I’m from the province, you
are all better than me because you are from the city. I also studied just like you, I learned in school...
who would ever think I would become a government official and be able to go around the world),” the PSC chief who grew up in Padada, Davao del Sur said during his keynote speech.
Commissioner Maxey, meanwhile, inspired the girls to dream and play for the country.
“Gabii nag-send off mi sa mga atleta nga mudula sa KL, nakita nako ngadto nga determinado sila. Pero ang pag-apil sa sports naay kadaugan, naay kapildihan. Gi-awhag tamo aspire someday nga makadula mo sa atong national team. Pursue inyong sport, inyong dreams. Pasalamat mi sa inyong parents kay ginasuportahan mo sa inyong pagdula (We sent off the national athletes who will compete in the Southeast Asian (SEA) Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. In sports, however, there is victory and defeat. I encourage you to aspire to be in the national team someday. Pursue your sport, your dreams. We thank your parents for supporting you),” Maxey said.
In the opening games, Davao Children's Games girls volleyball champion Kabacan Elementary School drew first blood by beating Matina Central Elementary School, 25-8, 25-7, while Tambobong Elementary School of Baguio District bested VF Corcuera Elementary School, 25-15, 25-15.
Matches were still being played in the volleyfest organized in coordination with the city government of Davao through the Sports Development Division of the City Mayor’s Office (SDD-CMO) and the Philippine Sports Institute (PSI_ Mindanao staff.
It is officiated by Balibolista de Davao.