BAGUIO Last weekend, the Cordilleria region played host to the graduation rites of the Baguio legs of the 2017 Alaska Power Camps. The Power Camps featured specially-designed training programs for kids of all skill levels in the sports of Basketball, Football, and Volleyball. Hundreds of talented kids from the city and surrounding areas came together for the culmination of their respective programs, each designed by elite-level athletic coaches, namely Jeff Cariaso for basketball, Michelle Gumabao for Volleyball, and Tomas Lozano for Football.
As each athlete was recognized with certificates of completion, they were impressed with the fact that the sports heroes who crafted their programs had once been in their very shoes, young hopefuls with potential careers ahead.
The Basketball Power Camp took place at the Philippine Military Academy’s Jurado Hall, where, after eight days of intensive training, the campers were rewarded by visits from Alaska Aces Sunny Thos and dela Cruz. As the pair gamely posed for selfies, E. Cow entertained the kids with his own version of a shooting challenge.
The Football Power Camp under former Real Madrid player Tomas Lozano Former took place at the Benguet State University campus.
At the University of Baguio gymnasium where the Volleyball Power Camp took place, Gumabao told media that the goal of the program was to, “Encourage them, push them and make them confident enough to venture out of their comfort zones.”
As they have from the beginning, the Alaska Power Camps have strived to provide the young athletes with fundamentals in their respective sports, grounded in good nutrition and the values of teamwork, respect, nutrition, and self-discipline.
Ultimately, the Campers were able to take away something more meaningful than scoring points for their team, they brought home the right attitudes and mindsets in order to become the best sportsmen and women. That’s the true meaning of the Alaska Power Camps.