UP OASD opens Fighting Maroons Basketball School

By Dugout Philippines

MANILA--The positive energy surrounding the University of the Philippines basketball teams continues to expand, as the UP Office for Athletics and Sports Development (OASD) launches the Fighting Maroons Basketball School (FMBS).

FMBS is State U's official basketball grassroots development program which seeks to set up a stage for boys and girls ages 8-16 to showcase and then strengthen their skills in the spirit of the UP Fight.

"We're happy to launch the FMBS as a way to give back to the UP community, tapos at the same time, makakapag-pave din tayo ng path para sa mga bata who want to follow in the footsteps of Carl Tamayo and CJ Cansino, then now, also Louna Ozar and Favour Onoh," said UP OASD Dir. Bo Perasol.

UP's men's basketball team is fresh off a perfect conquest of the Filoil EcoOil 17th ECJ Preseason Cup and registered gold and then back-to-back silver finishes in the UAAP. The women's basketball team also shone brightly in Season 86, as it advanced to the Final Four for the first time since 2008.

The inaugural offering for the FMBS is scheduled from July 8-13 at the UP Community Court inside the Diliman campus. The second module will then run from July 29-Aug. 3 still at the same venue.

One of UP OASD's mandates is to provide sports and physical activities for the UP community, and as such, it sees FMBS as an answer to that call. In the future, training camps may very well feature sports other than basketball.

"Yung ganitong initiative is much welcome for both the UP OASD and the UP community. Through this basketball school - and in the future, many other sports as well - we hope to provide another venue to promote being stronger and better through sports together," said Perasol.

Online registration for FMBS is now open at: https://bit.ly/3KDpv78. Each week-long training module to be overseen by qualified coaches is priced at PHP 3,500.

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