4T kids graduate from Summer Learn to Play PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 03 June 2012 14:34

Over 4,000 young children aged 5 to 15 the other day successfully graduated from the city government’s Summer Learn to Play a Sports Program, a month-long free training on 26 sports disciplines.

Now on its 17th year, the Summer Learn to Play a Sports Program has been proven to be a very successful sports and youth development program, as most Zamboangueno athletes who won medals in national and international competitions are products of the city-sponsored initiative.

Councilor Percival Ramos, who graced the closing ceremonies May 31 at the Joaquin Enriquez Sports Complex, encouraged the young children to yearly take advantage of the program and to hone their talents and skills on the sports event or events that they are interested in. 

He said the city government is doing its best to help improve the plight of the young generation and be productive citizens in the future. Other than sports, he said, the city government is likewise prioritizing the education of the youth sector.

City Sports Director Bernardito Patiño said a total of 245 instructors helped train the participants during the program which kicked off May 1st.

The Summer Learn to Play a sports program was one of the highlights of the 2012 Summer Festival in Zamboanga. It is being implemented by the city through the Maintenance of Sports Complex, Athletic Fields and playgrounds division headed by Patiño, under the Office of the City Mayor.

This year’s over 4,000 participants overshot last year’s participation by some 500 registrants.

The sports events include aikido/ arnis (8 years above); athletics (6 years-not more than 12); basketball (5 years above); baseball, body building (12 years and above; boxing (8 years above); chess (5 years and above); dance sport; fencing; football; gymnastics (5 years above); judo; karate-do (5 years above); lawn tennis; muay thai; pencak silat (7 years above); sepak takraw; softball; swimming (8 years above); table tennis (6 years above); taekwondo (4 years above); volleyball; weightlifting; wrestling (5 years above) and wushu (5 years above). — Sheila Covarrubias