We all know that Suzuki Philippines (SPH) has been so passionate in bringing football closer to the heart of Filipinos. Their participation with the ASEAN Football Federation, known as AFF Suzuki Cup, proves their true commitment in sports. But it doesn’t stop there.
Recently, the Japanese car brand donated more than 900 items consisting of soccer balls, gym bags, T-shirts and rally towels to Gawad Kalinga’s (GK) sports program SipaG.
The turnover ceremony was held at the Gawad Kalinga Activity Area, where Suzuki executives and GK representatives joined in handing out the football items to 30 kids aged 12 and below, each one representing GK’s SipaG clubs.
Meanwhile, the event also included exciting games and prizes for the young ballers, all of whom actively participated. Suzuki executives also joined the games and enjoyed the friendly and competitive atmosphere. Winners were given school supplies such as intermediate pads, pens and pencils in support of the children’s school needs.
The program which promotes values formation and youth empowerment through physical activity, games and sports. Under football division of SipaG program lies more than 14 football clubs nationwide, including those based in Mandaluyong; Smokey Mountain, Manila; Palo, Leyte; and even as far as Davao and Rajah Buayan in Maguindanao. The recipients of the donated items include both existing and new football teams that will open this year in far-flung areas such as Tawi-Tawi, Siargao, North Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Butuan and Marawi, where play therapy will be conducted among the kids affected by the war.
Last month, the SipaG football kids represented the country in a tournament in France, where they played against other football players aged 12 from teams representing 14 countries. Besides being the first Filipino team to play in Futbol Salou in Spain, they are the first to attend the Hazebrouck Youth International Cup in France and the first and only team from Asia to play in Dirinon.
Visit Gawad Kalinga’s SipaG site at http://gawadkalinga.com/sipag.