“I want to start a basketball camp in Cebu.”

It was that simple.

Patrick Benedicto, former MBA basketball player for the Negros Slashers, may have played for one of the teams rivaling the beloved Cebu Gems, but his heart still lay in Cebu. This was evident with his desire to give back to the community he knows so well. He wanted to find a way to teach kids more about the sport he loved.

On August 16, 2015, the Hilarion Basubas Basketball Camp went underway. Named after Patrick’s grandfather, there were sixty four kids from various public schools; Lahug Elementary School, Mabolo Elementary School, Carreta Elementary School, Zapatera Elementary School and Brgy. Tipolo Mandaue City.

Watching them reminded me of what it was like to be their age and playing basketball. You could see the glee and determination in their eyes every time the basketball went through the hoop. Before the camp started, some of the kids went ahead and started shooting baskets. Around twenty of them were scrambling around the court sharing two basketballs. This mad scramble for a ball is familiar to many who have played the sport. Many of these kids have never owned a basketball. Their sheer determination to grab the rebound showed it.

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Then the camp started. Basketballs were distributed to everybody. They were taught the importance of stretching and warming up. Then they were introduced to the basic skills necessary to do well in the sport. Passing and dribbling drills ensued. In the afternoon, they were taught how to properly shoot.

Then finally, the event all the kids were waiting for. They got to scrimmage to their hearts desires, all under the watchful eye of the coaches.

In the end, it was a very fun and successful day. Each kid got a shirt and a brand new basketball. As the day was winding down and they were preparing to leave, one of them asked me, “Mu balik mo kuya? Kanusa ang sunod na camp?”

The HB Basketball Camp wouldn’t have been a success without the help of the following people: 

Starting with the brainchild of the event, thank you Patrick Benedicto for making the camp happen and bringing along your group of very talented coaches; Jun Montalbo, Philip Cuizon, and friends from the local basketball scene.

Butch Mateo and Redd Hechanova of JCI Cebu (Cebu Jaycees) were instrumental in inviting the kids from the different schools and organizing the sponsors of the event. Thank you for making the camp come alive.

The Basubas Clan helped organize the camp and pieced it all together. Thank you for making this part of the family’s projects in supporting the local community.

Special thanks to the Cebu City Government, LTH Food Industries Inc., Aqua Vitae, Vienna Kaffeehaus, Virginia Foods, Arbee’s Bakeshop, 7 Eleven, Seven Two Six Printing and Design, Ramagal Door and Sash Manufacturing, Cebu Pro-Tech Provider Inc., Creative Republic, Dranix Distributors, Open Mic Acoustic and Grill, Red Ribbon and Cebu Glass Aluminum Palace Inc.

Photos of the event below:

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