Mayor Lim launches basketball tourney to prevent youth crimes and drug addiction

August 9, 2010 11:58 am 

MANILA, Aug. 8 –Manila Mayor Alfredo Lim, through his nephew First District councilor Nilo dela Cruz, launched during the weekend sports activities like basketball to keep youths away from drugs and other vices, the Manila city government launched sports activities.

Lim said the school children of Manila are encouraged to participate in the basketball tournament.

“This is part of the efforts to encourage them to engage in sports activities so we can keep them away from drugs and vices,” said Lim.

Dela Cruz said during the launch of the “1st Mayor Alfredo S. Lim Kids Baketball of Manila” at the San Andres Sports Complex in Malate, saidthe project was spearheaded by the mayor’s office in coordination with him and the Manila Sports Council (MASCO).

Dela Cruz added the tournament is only the start as more sports activities will be launched in the next few months.

The project was launched for the purpose of developing the skills of the young, strengthening family ties, instilling discipline in them and most especially, to keep them away from drugs and other vices.

The tournament is open to kids aged 14 and below and does not require fees from those interested in joining, because the city government shouldered the cost of the uniforms.

The tournament, according to Dela Cruz, also accepts qualified school children belonging either to private or public schools, for as long as they are fit enough to participate.

Due to the successful launch, Dela Cruz said they are mulling the idea of making it a yearly event. In Lim's speech read by Dela Cruz, Mayor Lim stressed the importance of developing discipline, sportsmanship and camaraderie among children during the early stages of their adolescence, in order to build a strong foundation for them to become good and responsible citizens.

“With their involvement in sports, they will also realize the importance of staying fit and being a team player,” Lim said. (PNA) LOR/JES

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