3,650 graduate from ‘Summer Learn to Play’ program PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 June 2011 16:28

Mayor Celso Lobregat yesterday afternoon presided over the graduation of 3,650  young boys and girls who underwent a month-long sports training for free under the so-called “Summer Learn to Play a Sports” program of the city government.

Now on its 16th year, the Summer Learn to Play a Sports program has been a stepping stone for most athletes who compete and win medals in national and international competitions.

Mayor Lobregat in his message congratulated the youths for enduring the month long training as he encouraged them to join the program anew next year so they can continuously hone their talents.

He stressed that the Summer Learn to Play a Sports program has been the springboard for most Zamboangueno athletes who haul medals in national and international competitions. He presented to the public the program participants who brought home gold, silver and bronze medals for their outstanding performance in the recently concluded Philippine National Games (PNG) held in Bacolod.

“This goes to show that Zamboanga is adelante (moving forward) and not kulelat in sports as some of our critics say,” the mayor said as he proudly presented to the crowd the city’s weightlifting, wrestling, judo and pencak silat delegations that garnered the first place in the PNG recently.

All of the delegation members started to hone their craft through the Summer Learn to Play program which is an annual undertaking of the city government that seeks to polish the talents and skills of youths and ultimately develop world class athletes.

City Sports Director Bernardito Patino said a total of 3,650 participants successfully completed the course for the summer sports training program which included 26 sports events.

The different events and the number of participants are as follows: arnis-42; athletics- 76; badminton- 35; basketball- 437; baseball- 47; body building- 53; boxing- 98;  chess- 44; dance sport- 194; fencing- 3; football- 98; gymnastics- 59; judo- 33; karatedo- 436; lawn tennis- 45; muay thai- 139; pencak silat- 290; sepak takraw- 71; swimming- 334; table tennis- 49; taekwondo- 280; volleyball- 80; weightlifting- 88; wrestling -117 and wushu- 361.

“We thank the trainers, the coaches, the parents and of course the participants for helping make this program a huge success,” Mayor Lobregat declared in his brief message during the closing program at the Joaquin Enriquez Memorial Sports Complex yesterday afternoon.

He likewise commended the City Sports Division under Patino for the hard work in organizing the yearly event.

Sangguniang Kabataan Federation President and Councilor Joana Mas lauded Mayor Lobregat for initiating the program aimed to develop the youths into productive citizens of the city.

A simultaneous field demonstration by the participants and the distribution of certificates capped the program.

Also present during the closing program were Councilors Percival Ramos, Rudy Lim, Rey Candido and Rommel Agan, presidents of the different sports associations, coaches and trainors and parents.  — Sheila Covarrubias