ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines - While most employees across the country are off to observe the May 1 Labor Day celebration, hordes of young Zamboangueños and their parents, are expected to fill the Joaquin Enriquez Sports Complex for the city-sponsored Summer Learn to Play a Sports program.
The program, a top priority of the administration of Mayor Celso Lobregat, is a month long free training on 26 sports events for children aged 7-15 years old.
City Sports Division, reported CSD Director Bernardito Patiño said some 4,000 young children have secured registration forms.
The 26 sport disciplines offered for free to youngsters include aikido/arnis, athletics, badminton, basketball, baseball, body building, boxing, chess, dancesport, fencing, football, gymnastics, judo, karate-do, lawn tennis, muay thai, pencak silat, sepak takraw, softball, swimming, table tennis, taekwondo, volleyball, weightlifting, wrestling, and wushu.
All disciplines will be hosted at the Enriquez Sports Complex. However, Patiño detailed, table tennis will also be conducted simultaneously at the Mercedes Elementary School. Weightlifting will also have classes at Boalan, Talon-Talon and San Roque.
The sports program, now on its 13th year, had produced some of the city’s top athletes who perform exceptionally both at national and international competitions.
The 13th Summer Learn to Play will officially open with a short ceremony at the Enriquez Sports Complex at 1 p.m. with Mayor Celso Lobregat as keynote speaker.
Sangguniang Kabataan President Joefel de las Peñas and Councilor Roel Natividad will also grace the event. (Claudine Uniana)