One of the more special side events of the 2019 PBA All-Star Games in Calasiao, Pangasinan was the wheelchair drive to the benefit of the Alagang PBA Foundation.
Organizer Double V Productions partnered with the league to donate one wheelchair for every three-point shot and dunk made in the two games played over the weekend.
It was a huge success as the All-Stars who suited up took the pledge to heart and did their best to drive as many wheelchairs as possible.
Friday’s RSJ game featuring the league’s young stars put up 44 wheelchairs. That number was nearly double as the All-Stars generated a total of 82 Sunday.
The PBA’s big guns connected on a record 45 triples and added another 37 dunks, pushing the overall total to 126 wheelchairs.
“Maliban sa gusto namin mapasaya yung mga taga-Pangasinan, gusto rin namin maraming ma-donate,” co-MVP Arwind Santos said.
“Kasi bawat dunk, may isang wheelchair, napaka-laking bagay samin nun. Kaya binigay namin yung best namin,” he added.
Commissioner Willi Marcial naturally welcomed the wheelchair development, saying everybody won.
“First time na may nag-donate na wheelchair, 126 yun. First time natin dito, okay na kao doon,” he said.
“Masaya ako, masay players, masaya mga fans. Mas okay tong All-Star na to,” he added.
Visay Vasandani, President of Double V Productions, says that they’re just trying to do their part in the community so it was a no-brainer to add that stipulation to the All-Star Game.
“Actually yung wheelchair, naging panata na ng pamilya namin. Naging brand na ng community service namin,” he said.
“We want to add value to the All-Star Game by that pledge, so tingnan niyo ang daming dunks, ang daming threes and masaya ang mga tao,” Vasandani added.
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