Ravena, Gilas cadet stars banner Smart Elite Team UAAP
Mark Escarlote on Sep 02, 2015 04:45 PM
The Smart Elite Team UAAP: (standing from left) Don Ochea of Adamson, Von Pessumal of Ateneo, Gelo Alolino of NU, Kiefer Ravena of Ateneo and Prince Rivero. (Sitting from left) Jett Manuel of University of the Philipines, Smart Communications Sports Marketing Manager Epok Quimpo, Kevin Ferrer of University of Sto. Tomas and Mark Belo of Far Eastern University.
Three-time Southeast Asian Games gold medalist and Gilas cadet member Kiefer Ravena of Ateneo De Manila banners the Smart Elite Team UAAP brand ambassadors introduced Wednesday.
As part of their continued support to local sports, Smart Communications launched its newest list of ambassadors by tapping nine outstanding basketball players from the county's premier collegiate league.
Ravena, UAAP Season 77 Most Valuable Player, is joined by Singapore SEA Games teammates Mark Belo of Far Eastern University, Kevin Ferrer of University of Sto. Tomas and Prince Rivero of De La Salle in the Elite Team introduced to the media in CaliBurger at Century City Mall in Makati.
"It's an honor to be a part of the Smart Elite Team," said Ravena. "Part of our responsibility is not only to exemplify the Smart lifestyle but to be role models in the responsible use of social media."
Also part of the telecommunication giant's brand ambassadors are Ateneo's Von Pessumal, Don Ochea of Adamson, Gelo Alolino of UAAP champion National University, Jett Manuel of University of the Philippines and Paul Varilla of University of the East, who unfortunately skipped the launch due to team practice.
These young men were chosen as role models in a bid to encourage the Filipino youth to cultivate the passion for sports.
“Most of them belong to Gilas cadet pool. That's what we want to establish, to make these guys as role models with the level of excellence that these guys have,” said Smart Communications Sports Marketing Manager Epok Quimpo, a former UAAP champion from the Ateneo de Manila Blue Eagles.
"They exemplify sportsmanship and not to question their competitive level," he added.
This is the second group of collegiate basketball ambassadors since the brand launched two months ago the “Smart Elite Team NCAA" led by Perpetual Help Altas ace Scottie Thompson.
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