SPECIAL Assistant to the President (SAP) ‘Bong’ Go encouraged the youth to participate in sports, saying it teaches valuable lessons that can lead them and the country to prosperity.
“Sports instills discipline, builds characters, and fosters camaraderie among individuals from different backgrounds. It also teaches one to excel to work hard in order to overcome all challenges and achieve success,” Go said in a speech at the opening of the 18th season of the National Athletic Association of Schools, Colleges and Universities (NAASCU) basketball tournament.
Go said sports can also be the key for the youth to bring glory and honor to the country. “These are characteristics that we need in order to build a strong and prosperous nation,” he said.
Go added that he will be conducting a three-point shoot-out in NAASCU during its semi-finals. The three-point program is part of Go’s programs to save the youth from using illegal drugs.
“In line of my 3-point program in basketball, I’ll be conducting a 3-point shoot-out during the semi-finals. Everyone can join. Whatever kind of equipment the schools need, in order to help the athletes, the government is willing to help,” said Go.
He also said sports can save the youth from the consequences of illegal drugs, which is a focus of the Duterte administration.
“It provides an outlet for the youth to spend their free time and relieve boredom, keeping them away from destructive vices, crime, and illegal drugs. The program of the Duterte administration is to steer them away from drugs, so we encourage this type of tournament,” he said.
Go lauded the NAASCU for believing in the potential of future athletes who can be champions of the masses, adding that he and President Duterte have faith in the abilities of the youth.
“President Duterte and I have the utmost trust in the ability of our youth. You have innate intelligence and the perseverance to lift yourselves from poverty and lead our country to a more peaceful and prosperous future,” said Go.