People with intellectual disabilities learn basketball basics from idols

  • A total of 50 PIDs got the chance to be taught by Filipino professional basketball players
  • Professional basketball players and national team members like Kiefer Ravena and Karl Dehesa, among others, became coaches for a day
  • The basketball clinic also aims to recruit PIDs to work in a company

It was a very special training for a total of 50 people with intellectual disabilities (PIDs) last weekend as they got the chance to be taught by Filipino professional ballers who will represent the country in an upcoming international tournament.

Image by Chooks-To-Go Pilipinas via Facebook

Basketball players led by Kiefer Raven, Karl Dehesa, Alvin Pasaol, Dylan Ababou, Santi Santillan, Troy Rike, Ryan Monteclaro, Leo De Vera, and Dan Reducto became coaches for the day as Chooks-to-Go and Special Olympics Asia Pacific held the first leg of the “Kaya ‘Yan, Manok ng Bayan” Unified Basketball Clinic in Ortigas, Pasig last January 26.

It was disclosed that the initiative is Bounty Agro Ventures Incorporated’s commitment to the Special Olympics through carrying out sports fests and training sessions for PIDs all over the Philippines. It also aims to recruit PID’s for the firm’s offices.

The cagers are part of the team that is currently training as they will don the Philippine colors in the 2020 FIBA 3X3 Olympic Qualifying Tournament.

Image by Chooks-To-Go Pilipinas via Facebook

“Definitely this inspires all of us to push harder heading into the OQT. Our trainings are tough since we have been practicing twice-a-day for the last two months,” said Dehesa. “Being here made us realize who we are fighting for and that’s them.”

“This program of Chooks-to-Go is something that is really special to me because we all know how hard it is for PIDs to break-in to our society. Having this is a huge step forward because not only is Boss Ronald [Mascariñas] giving them a program but also giving them a chance to be part of their workforce,” campaign ambassador Ravena said for his part.

The PIDs during the basketball clinic learned the basics of 3×3 basketball. They also had an exhibition game against the players.