[Blueboard] IAC 2003-2004: MORE THAN JUST ABOUT SPORTS

Efren Debulgado edebulgado at ateneo.edu
Fri Jan 23 14:42:43 PHT 2004



 

IAC 2003-2004: MORE THAN JUST ABOUT SPORTS

Its been said that one thing that keeps our country from moving forward 
is the inability of Filipino politicians to work together for a common 
goal. However, it isn’t only in politics that Filipino groups and 
individuals have shown how they cannot work in one system for a common 
good. We’ve seen it in business, leisure activities, and perhaps even in 
the Ateneo. In the college, different orgs have rarely worked together 
on projects supported by the majority of the student body and even much 
less by the entire Ateneo community. The 2003-2004 season of the 
Intramural Athletic Club (IAC) is one exception.

The on-going IAC basketball tournament has drawn 143 teams (2,000+ 
students), the biggest field in IAC history. It is perhaps one of the 
largest extra curricular activities in the history of the college. The 
teams are as follows:
          65 men’s “barkada” teams                               3 men’s 
non-Ateneo student teams
          34 men’s OSA student org division teams       12 women’s 
“barkada” teams
          20 men’s OSA student org teams,                   9 women’s 
OSA student org division teams
What is more significant than the number of teams is that several Ateneo 
groups have worked with the IAC system.

Student Organization Divisions and Teams
Five student organizations (ASG, LEX, MEA, MECO, MISA) put up divisions 
with teams made up of their members.  “Honestly, I was apprehensive last 
year when MEA was invited to integrate our MEA Inter-Batch (MIB) with 
the IAC. I felt that MEA would lose control of the MIB and its 
identity,” according to Marti Espiritu (4 BS ME), current MIB head and 
IAC president. “However, the IAC system allowed the student org 
divisions to set their own guidelines. The IAC’s involvement was 
basically with logistics. By handling all the dirty work, the IAC 
allowed the student orgs to focus on recruitment and benefits to their 
members. The org’s identity was never lost. In fact, it was even made 
more visible as the student-org divisions played alongside other IAC 
participants throughout the season.” This is a common sentiment shared 
by this year’s other participating student organization divisions.

Non-student Teams
The participation of the three non-student (1 faculty, 1 Jesuit, and 1 
seminarian) teams could potentially become one of the more important 
developments of this season in the upcoming years. While these teams 
were happy enough just to get to play, it would perhaps be even better 
if they played against their fellow employees. The way the IAC has 
brought students closer to one another should do the same for the Ateneo 
employees.

Benefits to the School
Aside from fostering camaraderie among various Ateneo groups, the IAC 
has made the P.E. department and the college covered courts the primary 
beneficiaries of its activities. From 2002-2003, the IAC has contributed 
a fiberglass backboard, martial arts mats, blackboards, sports 
equipment, and benches to the P.E. department of the Loyola Schools. All 
told, the IAC has contributed approximately PHP 125,000.00 in kind to 
the P.E. department of the Loyola Schools. In a smaller scale, the IAC 
has also been able to help the Ateneo Volleyball Program and some P.E. 
department employees by engaging their services to be referees for the 
coed volleyball and basketball games.

The Future
The IAC hopes to increase the level of participation not only in 
basketball but other sports as well. Last year’s coed volleyball and 
futsal tournaments drew 23 and 19 teams respectively, probably the 
largest number of teams for non-basketball tournaments in IAC history. 
More student orgs will be invited to participate as divisions and/or 
teams. If possible, several divisions will be established for 
non-students like Ateneo employees, Jesuits, and seminarians.

The IAC would like to continue to serve as an avenue that brings various 
Ateneo student and non-student groups under one system that benefits 
everyone. Perhaps, in its own small way, it shows us Filipinos that some 
times, we can actually work together in one common system for the 
benefit of all.

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IAC- BLESSING OF FIBERGLASS BACKBOARD AND BLACKBOARD DONATIONS

Everyone is invited to the blessing and ceremonial handover of the 
fiberglass basketball backboard and blackboards donated by the 
Intramural Athletic Club (IAC) to the Ateneo de Manila on Friday, 
January 23 at 5:30 p.m. at the College Covered Courts. The donation 
represents perhaps one of the largest contributions made by a student 
organization for the facilities of the Ateneo de Manila.

This year’s IAC basketball tournament drew 143 teams (122 men’s, 21 
women’s), the largest field in the history of the IAC. Arguably, this 
also represents the largest extra-curricular activity in terms of active 
student participation in the history of the school. For your reference, 
we have attached a one-page write-up on the IAC. For more information on 
the IAC, you may also log on to the website: www.abl-ph.com 
<http://www.abl-ph.com>.

Major sponsors of ABL 2004 include the following: Adidas, Chikka, Coca 
Cola, Del Monte, Dulcinea, Ford Philippines, Nestle Philippines, Petron, 
Purefoods-Hormel, Snickers, Smart Communications, Toby’s Sporting Goods, 
and Wrangler

Thank you.

Intramural Athletic Club-Loyola Schools
Ateneo Alumni Affairs Office

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