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Republikang TM Basketball Para Sa Bayan (TM BPSB) had a successful launching recently where it aims to promote grassroots sports development in the country.
The first leg of the TM BPSB was staged in Cavite, participated in by 18 teams comprised of more than 70 boys and girls age 9-14. The event was organized by Ginebra superstar LA Tenorio whose advocacy centers on developing young talent with the potential to lead the country on the international basketball stage.
Basketball has always been my lifelong passion and it is an honor to be able to share this with the Filipino youth from different backgrounds through Basketball Para Sa Bayan,” said Tenorio. “By recognizing their potential and empowering them to focus and hone their skills, I hope they apply the lessons learned on the court into their daily lives and become better persons.”
The two TM teams that emerged victorious in the 3×3 tournament were invited to join the Jr. NBA/Jr. WNBA Philippines 2016 Regional Selection Camp recently at Don Bosco Technical Institute in Makati.
14-year old Devon Diez of Cavite was among the 24 players selected to advance to the National Training Camp which culminated in the selection of Jr. NBA and Jr. WNBA All-Stars who will go on an overseas NBA experience trip with fellow Jr. NBA All-Stars from Southeast Asia later in the year.
“Sports is a great equalizer. By providing resources to this advocacy, TM would be able to help bring out the potential in these kidsand create opportunities which they may not easily get given the financial barriers that they face,” said Trina Sebastian, Director for TM Portfolio and Brand Management.
TM Basketball Para Sa Bayan is a component of a larger sports program of Globe for the country which also includes Football Para Sa Bayan launched in 2013. Through both programs, TM shows its commitment in the creation of a #WonderfulPH by helping the Filipino youth through sports.