Mercy graces soccer tourney, advises youth to keep off drugs PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 21 February 2013 14:17

UNA vice mayoral aspirant Mercy Arquiza has graced the Under-17 Invitational Soccer Tournament that opened th eother day n Barangay Talisayan in the city’s west coast.

The active leader of a women’s group as one of the guests asked to give an inspirational message during the opening and to do the ceremonial kick-off.

Barangay Talisayan chairwoman Pinpin Pareja, council aspirant Jherson Monteverde and District 1 Councilor Jimmy Cabato joined also in the ceremonial kick-off.

In her message, Mercy said getting the youth preoccupied with sports allows them to keep their minds off drug use and other vices

Aside from keeping the teens physically fit and mentally alert, Mercy said sports also gives them the opportunity to develop their confidence and self-esteem.

“Sports can really help develop teamwork and leadership skills,” Mercy added. “Sports gives you the chance to mingle with other teens that are living a healthy lifestyle.”

Mercy also called on the youth to involve themselves in extracurricular activities to keep away from drugs and illicit substances.

She said one of her programs is sports for the youth which aims to bring together teens from all over the different barangays to develop and explore their athletic skills.

“I believe that prevention is better than a cure so we will work to engage our youths in sports activities,” Mercy said. — HG