Zamboanga City completes summer sports program
ZAMBOANGA CITY, June 1 (PNA) –- A total of 2,715 young athletes have completed a month-long training in the summer sports program of the city government that culminated on Tuesday.
Mayor Ma. Isabelle Climaco-Salazar, in her message, lauded the growth of the young athletes, and their commitment to their sports discipline.
Salazar also extolled the program for instilling in the youth the values of sportsmanship and discipline, values which she said are essential in developing well-balanced and productive lives.
The Basic Sports Summer Camp Summer Learn-to-Play a Sport program is an initiative of the local government, through the City Sports Office, held every summer with the intention of training and building up this city’s pool of young athletes in various sports disciplines.
The program also serves as a venue for trainers to scout and train potential athletes for national and global sport events.
Among the notable graduates of the Summer Learn-to-Play a Sport program are weightlifters Nestor Colona, and Hidilyn Diaz, who will be among the delegates of the Philippines to the upcoming Rio Olympics.
For 2016, the program 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.
A closing program, held Tuesday at the Mayor Vitaliano Agan Coliseum, capped the month-long activity, and featured the presentation of certificates of recognition to the 2,715 athletes, and the 246 trainers of the 26 sport disciplines featured in this year’s program. (PNA)