Rob Labagala’s Clinic: Planting Seeds Of Greatness ?>

Rob Labagala’s Clinic: Planting Seeds Of Greatness

Seeds are small and seemingly insignificant when you put it on the palm of your hand

But when you plant those seeds, water them and nurture them, you just don’t know how big they will become when they grow through time.

Those seeds are just like the basketball clinic Barangay Ginebra backup point guard Rob Labagala recently launched in Navotas.

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Rob Labagala (extreme left), with Air21 assistant coach and Malabon councilor Jack Santiago, one of the participants, receiving his trophy as well as Ginebra veteran guard Jayjay Helterbrand during the graduation ceremony of the clinic last weekend.

Seemingly small after starting with just 60 kids, yet, he said that clinic was able to achieve its purpose, that of planting seeds of greatness in the minds of young people within Navotas.

In my recent chat with the 5’9″ guard out of the University of the East, Labagala said handing out the certificates to kids, age 9-11 years, during the graduation ceremony last Saturday (Oct. 27) brought back memories of his childhood days when he enrolled in a basketball clinic in Cebu.

“Sarap pala ng feeling ng ganon. Yung tipong naipapasa mo talent mo o nakakainspire ka ng bata…fulfilling talaga! Promise,” Labagala said.

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That experience he had in Cebu planted the seeds of his dream of eventually playing in the PBA. That dream became a reality after emerging as the 12th overall pick during the 2010 PBA Rookie Draft.

Now, the 29-year-old Labagala said he’s blessed to have PBA teammates who came to support his first-ever basketball clinic.
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Ginebra forward Dyland Ababou inspiring the kids during one of the sessions.
Veteran Ginebra guard Jayjay Helterbrand was on hand to help award the certificates to kids, who, this early, are requesting for a second wave of clinic next year.
“Iyun naman talaga vision ko. Who knows meron sa kanila mag PBA? At least, maging part ako nun kaya ang sarap ng feeling,” said a beaming Ginebra reserve playmaker.
We can learn something from Labagala. Use whatever talent you have for someone. Share it and watch how that simple act of kindness grow through time.

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