Bring­ing out the best in kids through sports

The Philippine Star - - HEALTH & FAMILY -

Get­ting chil­dren into sports is vi­tal to their over­all devel­op­ment. It does not only help them hone their ath­letic skills and build phys­i­cal strength. More im­por­tantly, it also in­stills in them the value of self-dis­ci­pline, ca­ma­raderie, team­work, per­se­ver­ance and, above all, sports­man­ship that leads them to be­come the best they can be.

But aside from get­ting into sports, sup­port from their par­ents, coaches as well as from school of­fi­cials is equally im­por­tant. With proper moral, emo­tional, and fi­nan­cial sup­port as well as guid­ance, kids be­come bet­ter ath­letes and in­di­vid­u­als es­pe­cially in deal­ing with both vic­tory and de­feat.

This was tack­led at the re­cently con­cluded SBP-Passerelle, the long­est-run­ning twin tour­na­ment in the coun­try. Or­ga­nized by the multi-awarded and pi­o­neer of bas­ket­ball clin­ics in the coun­try, BEST (Bas­ket­ball Ef­fi­ciency and Scientific Train­ing) Cen­ter, the twin tour­na­ment gives im­por­tance to the vi­tal role of par­ents, coaches, and school of­fi­cials in shap­ing the kids to be­come bet­ter in­di­vid­u­als.

“At BEST Cen­ter, we en­cour­age par­ents to be role mod­els to their kids by im­pos­ing good be­hav­ior and pro­mot­ing fair play and sports­man­ship,” shares BEST Cen­ter founder and for­mer na­tional coach Ni­canor Jorge. “Th­ese val­ues will serve as good foun­da­tion for the kids to learn from.”

“Full sup­port is vi­tal es­pe­cially if you want your kids to ex­cel in their sport,” re­marks proud fa­ther Alexan­der Ara­bia who ac­tively at­tends his son Ale­jan­dro’s bas­ket­ball clinic ev­ery week­end. “Through sim­ple acts such as driv­ing them to prac­tice, silently cheer­ing them on at the side­lines and fetch­ing them af­ter­wards, par­ents can al­ready get to know more about their kids and vice versa.”

For Yuan Pa­sum­bal of In­ter­na­tional School of Bet­ter Be­gin­nings (ISBB), his par­ents are not the only ones who fully sup­port his pas­sion. All of his three sib­lings are also present in ev­ery com­pe­ti­tion. “We never miss any game, wher­ever, when­ever they may be,” say his par­ents Fredrick and Reinates Pa­sum­bal.

Coaches also play an im­por­tant role in child de­vel- op­ment. They are the kids’ role mod­els and are re­spon­si­ble for their per­for­mance on the court as well as how they be­have off-court.

“Coaches serve as ex­am­ples for the kids to fol­low,” quips coach Ronie Gallo of Fern­dale In­ter­na­tional School of Zam­boanga City, whose son Ronie Dale is also one of the play­ers of the team. “As both par­ent and coach, I never play favourites, em­pha­size the im­por­tance of fair play, and teach them to ac­cept the re­sults of the game, win or lose.”

“Sports com­ple­ment ed­u­ca­tion,” re­marks Bro. Felipe Belleza of De La Salle. “While study­ing sharp­ens their aca­demic skills, play­ing sports helps build char­ac­ter. They do not only de­velop tal­ent but also learn life skills which they can use through­out their lives, re­gard­less of what­ever pro­fes­sion or path they choose to take.”

For more in­for­ma­tion about BEST Cen­ter’s classes and tour­na­ments, call the hot­lines 4116260, 372-3066 and 372-3065; email best­cen­ter­sports@gmail.com or fol­low its of­fi­cial Face­book page at https://www.face­book.com/pages/ BEST-Cen­ter-Sports-Inc/66172039922.

Vanni and Mari­cel Jugo with their sons Camilo (left) and Javi, who played for Dela Salle Green­hills’ SBP team, and big brother Ju­lian who played for Dela Salle’s Passerelle team

BEST Cen­ter’s Mar­i­lyn Jorge with De La Salle’s Bro. Felipe Belleza

Alexan­dre Ara­bia with son Ale­jan­dro

BEST Cen­ter founder Nic Jorge with St. John’s In­sti­tute’s Den­nis Coo

Train­ing to­gether are Jef­frey Jua­nengo and son Jef­frey John.

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