ABS-CBN Foundation, Nueva Ecija basketball team advocate for the Filipino youth
ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc. (AFI) partners with Nueva Ecija Men’s Basketball team, Bespren, to fund the Eco Youth Development programs of the late ABS-CBN Foundation chairman, Gina Lopez. The basketball team turned-over an initial amount of Php1,000,000 for the youth development programs of AFI. On top of that, 100% of the proceeds from the ticket sales of their National Basketball League games will be donated to the foundation. These development programs of AFI will benefit the youth nationwide.
Nueva Ecija Bespren consists of its own homegrown players with age ranging from 18 to 29 years old. Renan Morales, Team Owner of Nueva Ecija Bespren, shares that the team was formed to promote sports and to divert the youth from vices and other unnecessary activities.
“Tayong mga Pinoy, mahilig tayo sa basketball, ang daming Pilipino lalo na sa Nueva Ecija na gusto talagang magbasketball, gusto ko yung pangarap nila for how many years, they are aspiring athletes, so nakikita ko yung passion nila, yung puso nila, how they want to pursue their dreams,” Morales says. (Filipinos are into basketball. A lot of Filipinos especially in Nueva Ecija love the sport. I want to help them because this is their dream as aspiring athletes. I can see their passion, their heart, and their determination to pursue their dreams)
The name of the team, “Bespren”, was derived from one of the most commendable characteristics of the people from Nueva Ecija. They are known to be accommodating as they will give their best to make you feel welcome and accepted - like a real best friend. “Kapag taga Nueva Ecija ka, Bespren ka,” Morales adds. Basketball is a game that values teamwork, hard work, and determination. It is more than just a sport. It is a platform that can give hope and encouragement especially to the Filipino youth.
Paul Vincent Mercado, Chief Marketing Officer of ABS-CBN Foundation, emphasizes the significance of this partnership. “ABS-CBN Foundation is happy to find a partner who shares the same values with us especially in making sure that the youth is given the right support and opportunities for growth and development. We in AFI also believe that the youth plays an integral role in making sure that the programs and projects we started will be sustained and passed on to the next generation,” Mercado says.
Nueva Ecija Bespren held their try-outs for all aspiring players in preparation for their upcoming National Basketball League competition on November 16, 2019 at the San Juan Arena, San Juan City.