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PSC’s programs benefit kids, inmates

WEEKLY activities involving sports and games will be held this year at the Luneta Park. The Philippine Sports Commission will make sure of this following the launching of the “Laro’t Saya sa Luneta “campaign, which is part of the agency’s corporate social responsibility programs. Under the campaign, kids will be encouraged to join sports activities like football, taekwondo, karatedo and chess. Recreational activities will be held in arnis, taichi, mass aerobics, kite flying and tug of war. “This undertaking aims to reach the youth and encourage them to enjoy sports. Who knows? Maybe we can discover a national athlete here,” said PSC Chairman Ricardo Garcia. Garcia said this after he signed a memorandum of understanding with National Parks Development Committee executive director Juliet Villegas. The program aims to make sports accessible to the public, through a variety of activities. Officials hope that their park-based sports-for-all project will eventually evolve into a national campaign to draw the Filipino family to play and get involved in sports activities. Thousands of inmates nationwide enjoy PSC’s sports outreach programs in 2012 Last year, the PSC, through the efforts of Commissioner Jose Luis Gomez, went around jails and penitentiary facilities in the country to introduce sports and the value of fitness to inmates. Others were trained for certain sports skills, with the end view of enticing them to lead a normal life through sports. Among the vital components of the fitness program for the inmates are boxing skills training, which was done as a form of stress-releasing activity. Inmates were not just taught boxing movements, they were also given character formation such as the values of self-discipline. As a culminating activity, a boxing tournament was held among the inmates from different penitentiary facilities. Over at the Calamba City Jail, around 800 inmates at various penitentiary facilities undergo a regular fitness regimen through aerobics exercises and basic boxing skills training every Friday. The program is aimed at helping the inmates appreciate the value of a healthy lifestyle, while introducing them to worthwhile physical activities as a means to bring them back to the mainstream of society. Futsal Balls were also donated to the inmates for them to continue enjoying the sports skills that were introduced to them.
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