[Blueboard] Rey Bancod's column in Tempo

Romeo A. Dalandan, Jr. rdalandan at ateneo.edu
Thu Jan 25 12:38:48 PHT 2007


> http://www.tempo.com.ph/news.php?aid=28790
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> TEMPO
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> Thursday, 25 January 2007
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> Sports
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> PinchHitter
> Ateneo series
> Rey Bancod
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> Did you know that seven members of the Ateneo team that won the 
> University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) in 2002 are 
> seeing action in the ongoing PBA semifinals between Red Bull and San 
> Miguel Beer?
>
> Five of them play for the Bulls, namely: Enrico Villanueva, Larry 
> Fonacier, Rich Alvarez, Paolo Buguia and Magnum Membrere.
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> The other two - L.A. Tenorio and Wesley Gonzales - suit up for the 
> Beermen who actually have two more Blue Eagles in their lineup -- 
> veteran Olsen Racela and coach Chot Reyes.
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> The growing number of Ateneans making good in the PBA is a good 
> indication that its basketball program that has been in place since 
> 1999 is working.
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> The program, started by the Ateneo alumni association, aims to produce 
> top players from among its current crop of students.
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> Without sacrificing the academic standards Ateneo is known for, the 
> program has been designed to prove that basketball and studies can mix.
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> It's no surprising therefore that Ateneo players in the PBA are 
> diploma holders.
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> How many PBA players have actually graduated from college? My best 
> guess could be less than 20 percent.
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> Unfortunately for most players wishing to play in the PBA, education 
> comes secondary.
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> Instead of using basketball as a means to get an education, it's the 
> other way around.
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> While the PBA has always reminded the players the importance of 
> education, the league can do more by enforcing tougher eligibility 
> requirements.
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> The Ateneo program shows that basketball and education can go hand in 
> hand.
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