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3500 athletes finish sports camp

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Some 3,500 young athletes completed the local government’s month-long sports program which culminated yesterday morning, May 31, at the City Coliseum.

Now on its 22nd year, the Summer Learn to Play a Sport Program, one of the local government’s core initiatives for sports and youth development, opened its doors to participants all over the City to learn the basics of some 26 sport disciplines for free.

According to City Sports Development Officer Dr. Cecilia Atilano, attendance to the annual summer camp increased this year, registering 791 more participants over last year’s numbers.

City Mayor Beng Climaco led the simple closing rites which featured the turnover of certificates of recognition and appreciation to the athletes, coaches, and partners who made the summer camp possible.

Performances were also held with participants from select disciplines showcasing the skills and routines that they have learned during their sports training.

Mayor Beng Climaco, together with Councilors Jimmy Villaflores and Al-Jihan Edding, all gave their encouragement to the athletes to train, and to embrace the values of discipline and respect through sports.

The 2017 Summer Learn to Play a Sport Program ran from May 1 – 31, and featured 26 sport disciplines: archery, arnis, athletics, badminton, baseball, basketball, body building, bowling, boxing, chess, dance sports, football, gymnastics, judo, karatedo, muay thai, pencak silat, sepak takraw, softball, swimming, table tennis, taekwando, tennis, volleyball, weightlifting, wrestling, and wushu.

It is held every summer with the intention of training and building up the City’s pool of young athletes in various sports disciplines. It also serves as a venue for trainers to scout and train potential athletes for national and global sport events. (Jasmine Mohammadsali)




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