By RUBEN M. DONGZAL
Davao City — The Philippine Sports Commission spearheaded the first in Mindanao dubbed as “Sports for Peace- Children’s Games” held at Mergrande, Toril, here, on Aug.18 and 19.
During the press conference PSC chairman William “Butch” Ramirez told to Davao sportswriters that the Children’s Games is aim to motivate the child in the grass roots level that through “sports we can gain camaraderie, friendship and peace in mind and heart.”
This activity was participated by Muslim, Lumad, and Christians. Inculcating the minds of the children that it is possible to mingle and play with the different cultures and beliefs.
“Possibly we could have and earn a healthy community and since this is my brainchild project we in the PSC will be going to other provinces doing the same program and system. I remembered and convinced of the great late African President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela saying ‘sports can even inspire people who are in despair.’ By doing this program we could somehow leave a legacy to them that sports can be tool and be an stepping stone in reaching peace and sound mind community,” Ramirez said.
After the press conference an opening program was done successfully for the opening of the Children’s Games with at least 400 children in attendance, and was graced by PSC chairman Ramirez, Commissioner Charles Maxey, Celia Kiram, Fr. Pedro Lamata, Aleem Mahmod Adilao, Ulama Region head, Roger Lofranco, UCCP Pastor, and Mike Aportedera,City Mayors Office-Sports Division head.
The PSC expressed gratitud to the A’immah-Pastors-Priest Forum of Davao City, Local Government of Davao and St. Jude Thaddeus Parish, and the Davao Sportswriters Association.