Outside my job as a sports editor/writer, one of my lifelong quests is to inspire and encourage students and professionals in what they do.
Just last Saturday (Oct. 22), I had the privilege of speaking to 130 coaches from different parts of Bulacan during the Seminar-Workshop on First Aid, Water Safety and Sports Psychology sponsored by the Bulacan Sports Council.
Grateful to Jeff Borlongan, one of the hard working staff at BSC, who stood at the forefront of organising such an event for the first time in Bulacan.
These coaches may be “national unknowns”, but there’s no denying the fact that they handle high school and college student-athletes, who, if given the right training, motivation and perspective, will serve as the country’s future national sports heroes.
Manny Pacquiao has achieved everything he long wanted as a professional boxer and we all know that it’s just a matter of time before he gets inducted in the Hall of Fame.
Mark Caguioa and Jayjay Helterbrand got their fifth PBA championship last week after helping Barangay Ginebra beat the Meralco Bolts, 4-2 in the Governors’ Cup title series.
There are a host of athletes we have today, who will soon face the end of the line in their careers.
And the question that coaches like the ones I talked to last Saturday is, “Who’s next?”
I had one simple message to these Bulacan coaches and athletic trainers: That they all are positioned strategically to make a huge difference in the hearts of the student-athletes they are currently training.
That in as much as the PSC is tasked at coming up with a “unified sports program which will enhance the quality of life of the Filipinos, instill national pride and attain international prestige through excellence in sports”, coaches from the countryside have the big task of contributing to such grand vision from the Philippine Sports Commission.
In other words, the task of producing world-class athletes is a team effort.
Personally, I long to see the day that we will see our country produce more Pacquiaos, Caguioas, Hidilyn Diazs, even our own version of Michael Phelps in swimming, and a whole lot more.
And that is why my wife and I established Richard Dy Communications because we envision a world where inspiring is a way of life.
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