New foundation created to help former basketball professionals

Posted on: July 14th, 2017


MANILA, Philippines —  UNTV Cup commissioner Atoy Co said the idea to create the Samahan ng mga Dating Professional na Basketbolista Foundation also came from UNTV, inspired by “Kuya” Daniel Razon.

“This idea was formed two years ago when we played for an exhibition game for Samboy Lim who at that time suffered an accident,” said Co.

“And then after that the idea to create a foundation for former basketball players of the Philippines so that in case something bad happens to one of us, we could help. Kuya Daniel was the one who gave that idea,” he added.

For those dubbed as legends of Philippine basketball, it’s high time to realize the said advocacy.

“This should have been done a long time ago because we have a lot of players who have let themselves go, and failed to lead better their lives. This is a big help to those former players,” said Philip “The Scholar” Cesar.

Another former hardcourt legend, Kenneth “Captain Marbel” Duremdes said, “We hope the launch would be successful and will attract attention. To basketball fanatics who supported us in the past, who may now have have successful businesses or doing well in life, if you can help, it’s a good welcome to the group.”

This is why they are glad to return to the hardcourt to perform good deeds.

“From the bottom of my heart, I would like to thank UNTV for the donation to our foundation,” Art dela Cruz said.

Bong “The Hawk” Hawkins also lauded the advocacy.

“This event has a very good purpose, that is, to help the ex-PBA players who are in need. I hope you won’t stop supporting us,” he said.

Jojo “Jolas” Lastimosa, another 90’s basketball icon was also present at the event.

“Any benefit game that helps, I’m on for it so I’m glad to be here , I’m honored to be here,” said Lastimosa.

Noli “The Tank” Locsin also expressed his appreciation.

“To Kuya Daniel and UNTV, thank you so much. I know you have already helped many. You have been thinking of helping many, including us. This is a big thing for us. May God bless you,” .

The group targets to help basket players from 1975 to 1990 who are now in need of medical assistance. – Bernard Dadis | UNTV News & Rescue