Senator Pia Cayetano believes that supporting sports activities for the youth helps develop their overall health and well-being.
She said it also teaches discipline and teamwork, which could help them in their future endeavors.
This was emphasized by Cayetano in an interview at the sidelines of the national finals of the Red Bull Half Court 3×3 Basketball Tournament, held in Bagumbayan, Taguig City on Saturday (June 3).
“You can’t go wrong with involving the youth in sports,” said the senator, herself a former champion varsity player for the University of the Philippines Lady Maroons Volleyball Team, and a national volleyball athlete.
“What’s important is, number one, mag-enjoy sila at magiging healthy sila. And then discipline, commitment, the essence of teamwork, and cooperation will be developed in them. These are all developed in a sense,” she pointed out.
The senator further noted how sports can open opportunities, like scholarships for aspiring athletes. Thus, it is also one of the avenues for the youth to get a good education, with support from their parents.
Cayetano is committed to continuing support of different grassroots sports and the development of sports facilities in different parts of the country.
“I personally want to see sports facilities, because what I have been telling is all nonsense if there is no opportunity and safe spaces for these kids to engage in sports,” she explained.
The winners of the Red Bull Half Court 3×3 Basketball National Finals will represent the country in the world championships to be held in Belgrade, Serbia, in September, according to renowned basketball coach Eric Altamirano, the tournament commissioner of Red Bull Half Court Philippines.: Macon Ramos-Araneta