CYBL partners with MVP Sports, creates 'grassroots' league

Jonas N. Panerio

THE Cebu Youth Basketball League (CYBL) has forged a landmark partnership with the MVP Sports Foundation (MVPSF) to make create the MYBL-Cebu, which is expected to make Cebu’s grassroots basketball scene livelier, bigger and better.

Considered to be the main grassroots basketball tournament in the second semester of the school year 2019-2020, the MYBL-Cebu would be kicking off on October 27, 2019 at the Magis Eagles Arena inside the SHS-Ateneo de Cebu campus in Canduman, Mandaue City.

The league would cater to four different age groups — the Under-18, Under-15, Under-12 and Under-10, which would be exclusively playing in a 3x3 tournament.

Each age group would have two divisions, which would be categorized according to their skill level.

According to league founder and organizer, Rico Navarro, 89 teams have so far signed up although the final number is expected to get bumped up to 95.

The historic partnership was made possible by Navarro, MVPSF Community Sports and Youth Development head, lawyer Oscar Moreno Jr. and Executive Director, Ryan Gregorio.

The MVPSF seeks to support grassroots and age group sports with the dream of producing that elusive Olympic gold. It currently supports sports such as weightlifting, boxing, taekwondo, football, futsal, rugby, badminton, and golf.

Yvette Ruiz, a Senior Product Specialist of Smart and assistant manager of the Gilas Pilipinas, MVPSF Marketing head Maita David and marketing officer Rommel Garovillas recently paid a visit to Cebu to touch base with the likes of Cebu City mayor, Edgardo Labella and Talisay City mayor, Gerald Anthony “Samsam” Gullas.

“We are excited to partner with CYBL as it is aligned with MVPSF's thrust to strengthen grassroots development and have a program that provides an avenue for young talents to further hone their skills,” said David.(SunStar Cebu)