ON July 10, 2017 at the Smart-Araneta Coliseum during the UNTV Cup Executive Face Off Finals, P1 million was awarded to the foundation of the former professional basketball players of the Philippines as seed fund for the charity works intended for the sick and less fortunate ex-pro ballers.
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.
An amount of P1 million was given by the UNTV Cup for the medical expenses of the former basketball legend known as “The Skywalker”.
“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.
“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 lives. This is a big help to those former players,” said Philip Cesar.
Another former hard-court legend, Kenneth “Captain Marbel” Duremdes said: “We hope the launch would be successful and 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.”
Bong 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.