Lady Jet Spikers Iari Yongco, Mickaela Andres give back via the S+A Heroes Camp

Lady Jet Spikers Iari Yongco, Mickaela Andres give back
"Sinusuklian din namin, kung ano yung natutunan namin, gusto din namin i-share sa mga future volleyball players." - Lady Jet Spiker Iari Yongco

August 19th, the S+A Heroes Camp volleyball program set up shop at Baranggay Tumana, Marikina City, and along for the ride were Philippine Air Force Lady Jet Spikers Iari 'Iya' Yongco and Mickaela Andres. 

The two Premier Volleyball League standouts, along with Pass The Game coaches conducted a volleyball clinic for the kids in attendance, teaching the young ones some basic skills in one of the Philippines' most popular sports. 

"Sobrang nakatulong ‘to sa mga bata, lalo na yung mga nagsisimula pa lang sa volleyball. At least at the age maybe five and above, alam na nila kung paano yung laro ng volleyball." Iya said in an interview with ABS-CBN Sports. "At least doon, iiwas sila sa ibang mga bagay na hindi naman nakakatulong sa kanila. Sobrang swerte nila kasi may ganitong ginawa yung ABS-CBN and yung ABS-CBN Lingkod Kapamilya. Overwhelmed yung mga bata, nakikinig din sila kasi gusto din nila matuto."

Mickaela echoed her teammate's statements, saying it that the camp was an excellent way of driving kids away from potentially harmful activities. 

"Matututukan din yung mga bata na gusto talaga matuto, kahit na wala silang idea, basta may mga tao na sumusuporta like itong heroes camp and yung mga tao na nasa likod ng heroes camp, sobrang thankful din kami, pati yung mga kids, nakikita namin sa kanila na natutulungan sila na nagkakaroon sila ng idea tungkol sa volleyball, and nagfofocus sila sa ganito kaysa sa ibang bagay na pwede pang makasira sa sa kanila."

For Iya, who only found her way to volleyball when she was already in college, getting the kids to start early is a big boost to their experience and maturity with regards to the game of volleyball. 

"Nung nagstart ako sa college, alam ko lang talaga na lakasan yung palo ko, hindi ko alam yung variation ng bola." Iya said. "Okay ‘tong bata pa lang, alam na nila para in the future, alam na nila yung variations, kung saan nila ilalagay yung bola, tsaka experience nila, kasi nakaka-boost din ng morale yun."

More than anything though, the two saw the camp as a way to give back, as the sport of volleyball has given them so much. 

"Sinusuklian din namin, kung ano yung natutunan namin, gusto din namin i-share sa mga future volleyball players." said Iya. 

"Walang doubt na pag sa mga ganitong bagay, hindi kami naka-feel ng doubt na magturo kasi sa ganito din kami nagsimula, so dapat maintindihan din namin yung mga kids na gustong matuto." Mickaela added. 

 

The S+A Heroes Camp will be having three more legs throughout September and October. 

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