Wind­fall for SMS Boys­town, Girl­stown

Chooks-to-Go pres­i­dent prom­ises to do­nate P100,000 a month to SMS Boys­town and Girl­stown

Sun.Star Cebu - - FRONT PAGE - BY RICHIEL S. CHAVEZ / Re­porter @rschavez

Chooks-to-go do­nates P100,000 each to both schools and prom­ises to add P100,000 ev­ery month be­cause of their over­whelm­ing sup­port for the com­pany’s 3x3 bas­ket­ball tour­na­ment.

With the over­whelm­ing sup­port and ded­i­ca­tion shown by the Sis­ters of Mary School (SMS)Boys­town and SMS-Girl­stown in the record-breaking Chooks-toGo 3x3 Bas­ket­ball Tour­na­ment, the event’s ma­jor backer has de­cided to give cash as­sis­tance to both schools.

The mas­sive 3x3 tour­na­ment kicked off on Saturday, Jan. 12, with thou­sands of Un­der-18 play­ers com­pet­ing si­mul­ta­ne­ously in the 50 out­door courts of the SMSBoys­town in Minglanilla, Cebu.

About 1,111 play­ers, or 277 teams, saw ac­tion on Saturday, while an­other 1,588 play­ers, or 387 teams, will play on Sun­day, Jan. 13, at the SMS-Girl­stown in Tal­isay City, Cebu.

“We have do­nated P100,000 for the SMS-Boys­town and an­other P100,00 for the Girl­stown to­day (Saturday). I was moved and im­pressed by the warm wel­come from the kids; the sis­ters have dis­ci­plined and raised these kids very well. I have de­cided to add an­other P100,000 ev­ery month,” the pres­i­dent and gen­eral man­ager of Bounty Agro Ven­tures Inc. Ron­ald Mas­car­iñas told Sun­Star Cebu.

Mas­car­iñas said the do­na­tion can help in the op­er­a­tion of the school.

“We do this so that they can con­tinue what they are do­ing here. They can spend it on their pro­grams here. I think they know bet­ter what to spend with this do­na­tion,” he said.

The event has al­ready set a record with the most num­ber of si­mul­ta­ne­ous games played at 100 us­ing 50 courts. The next thing to set on Sun­day is the most num­ber of 3x3 play­ers that com­pete in a tour­na­ment.

The cur­rent Fiba record stands at 1,598 play­ers. The Chooks-toGo 3x3 Bas­ket­ball Tour­na­ment is set to break it when the two-day tour­na­ment will wrap up on Sun­day with a to­tal of about 2,700 to­tal par­tic­i­pants.

“These kids are mak­ing history. They can also help us im­prove our rank­ing in the Fiba 3x3,” said Mas­car­iñas, adding that they hope to get to Top 8 in the rank­ing be­fore the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The 3x3 event has re­cently been added as a medal tour­na­ment in the Olympics. The coun­try is cur­rently ranked at 25th place. The se­ries of tour­na­ments and par­tic­i­pa­tion of var­i­ous play­ers can add to the coun­try’s points.

Adding spice to the event was the pres­ence of 3x3 am­bas­sadors Kobe Paras and Thirdy Ravena who played an ex­hi­bi­tion game against the top play­ers from the SMS-Boys­town.

SBP ex­ec­u­tive direc­tor Sonny Bar­rios was thank­ful for the good weather that paved the way to a good re­sult in the first day.

“Let us thank The Guy above for giv­ing us good weather and we had done the orig­i­nal plan. The bad weather would have di­luted the mag­ni­tude of the event,” Bar­rios told Sun­Star Cebu in a separate in­ter­view.

“With the num­ber of par­tic­i­pants, we should be fil­ing up points for our goal to make it to the Olympics. Kobe (Paras) and Thirdy (Ravena) in­ter­acted with the kids by play­ing an ex­hi­bi­tion game, it made it more ex­cit­ing,” he said.

Bar­rios said that the sky’s the limit for the promis­ing bas­ket­ball venue in SMS-Boys­town and SMS-Girl­stown.

“With the im­pact of this event, who knows that some or­ga­niz­ers will get the in­ter­est to do an­other event here or the Chooks-to-Go might or­ga­nize an­other one if they get sat­is­fied with the out­come,” said Bar­rios.

“We do this so that they can con­tinue what they are do­ing here. RON­ALD MAS­CAR­IÑAS on his monthly P100,000 do­na­tion

SUN­STAR FOTO / ARNI ACLAO

LUCKY THREE. Se­lected play­ers from SMS Boys­town get to play with Kobe Paras and Thirdy Ravena (partly hid­den) in an ex­hi­bi­tion match.

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