THE players and coaches of the participating teams in the Mayor’s Cup Under-16 Invitational Basketball Tournament have decided to donate the cash prizes to the victims of the recent fire that hit Barangay Duljo Fatima, Cebu City.
According to Cebuano basketball legend and Cebu City Councilor Dondon Hontiveros, he had initially wanted to propose dividing the cash prize of P30,000 into two--with P15,000 going to the winning teams and the rest going to charity.
However, the teams came up with a better idea: to give all of the prize money to the victims of the fire that destroyed 70 houses and displaced over 400 people.
“Ni-suggest ko sa mga coaches if pwede half ato ihatag sa nasunugan then half will be divided by the champion and the runners-up. Then, ni-ingon sila ihatag na lang tanan. Mao to nindot kaayo ang feeling nako when I announced it infront sa mga bata then nakita nako namakpak ang mga parents nga nigasto pa sila moanhi para mutan-aw ug mosuporta sa ila mga anak,” shared Hontiveros, who spearheaded the tournament in cooperation with the Cebu City Sports Commission.
(I suggested to the coaches if we could split the prize money, half of it would go to the fire victims and the othe half will be divided by the champion and runners-up. Then, they said to give everything [to the victims]. It felt good inside when I announced it infront of the kids and how the parents cheered. They came all the way here to watch and support their children play.)
The participating teams are the University of San Carlos, the Spartans from Ormoc, Team A from Cagayan de Oro, Don Bosco, CLBA of coach Leo Casinillo and the Black Stallions of multi-titled head coach, Britt Reroma.
Hontiveros added that he is also organizing another charity basketball game on Friday, January 10, 2020, which will see the University of Cebu take on the reigning Cesafi champions Southwestern University-Phinma.
The proceeds of that game will be given to the victims of the fires that occurred in Duljo Fatima and Inayawan.