Em­pow­er­ing kids through sports

The Philippine Star - - MODERN LIVING -

Martin Alin­do­gan, age 15, is pas­sion­ate about golf and bas­ket­ball. For golf, he rep­re­sented the Philip­pines in the Ju­nior World Golf Cham­pi­onships in 2016 and in the US Kids Golf World Cham­pi­onships, both held in the UA. He is a part of In­ter­na­tional School Manila’s Bas­ket­ball Var­sity and Golf Var­sity teams and rep­re­sented the school in the In­ter­na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of South­east Asian Schools (IASAS) tour­na­ment. De­spite the fact that he is just a fresh­man, he was awarded MVP for both bas­ket­ball and golf this year.

It is this pas­sion that got him in­ter­ested in help­ing younger kids. In 2016, he as­sisted in coach­ing the bas­ket­ball sum­mer camp for ISM ele­men­tary kids. He en­joyed in­ter­act­ing with them and shar­ing the moves his own coaches have taught him through the years. Through th­ese camps, he re­al­ized that he wanted to reach out to un­der­priv­i­leged kids who surely enjoy bas­ket­ball, but do not have the op­por­tu­nity to be ex­posed to train­ing and skills de­vel­op­ment.

The idea of es­tab­lish­ing a bas­ket­ball camp for pover­tys­tricken kids out­side of Manila has been on his mind for a long time now, but he fi­nally got the courage and de­cided to do it only re­cently. On June 3, he launches a bas­ket­ball camp in Ta­cloban called Re­bound. He works with kids, ages 9-12, who were dis­placed dur­ing Typhoon Haiyan. They were placed in a tem­po­rary shel­ter af­ter the typhoon, and are be­ing moved to a more per­ma­nent place. Through Re­bound, he will teach them the skills he knows best and give the par­tic­i­pants each a bas­ket­ball to use even af­ter the camp is over.

Martin thought of the name Re­bound be­cause, in the long term, he would like to help kids who have en­coun­tered hard­ships and em­power them to bounce back through sports.

In or­der to hold the bas­ket­ball clinic, Martin needs to raise funds. He didn’t want to just ask for do­na­tions from his fam­ily and friends. Hav­ing gone through a pho­tog­ra­phy class, he de­cided to show­case pho­to­graphs he took from a re­cent trip to Africa and sell th­ese to fund his out­reach pro­gram.

To spice up this ex­hibit, Martin (a “sneaker head”) is help­ing a can­cer pa­tient fund his treat­ment by sell­ing the pa­tient’s rub­ber shoes col­lec­tion, a num­ber of them quite rare, many of them un­used or only slightly so. The rub­ber shoes will also be ex­hib­ited.

Martin’s ex­hibit, called “Vi­sions of Africa,” will be held on Satur­day, May 13, at 106 Shaw Blvd, Barangay Kapi­tolyo, Pasig City.

A fresh­man at In­ter­na­tional School Manila, Martin Alin­do­gan (left), re­ceives his Bas­ket­ball MVP award from Coach Nourse

Martin chooses the proofs to show­case in the ex­hibit.

Satur­day ser­vice in Cribs Foun­da­tion, Inc. , an or­phan­age in Marik­ina. Ac­tiv­i­ties in­cluded read­ing, col­or­ing, and in­ter­act­ing with or­phans, ages 0-4

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