Ex-Alaska import Chambers helps Pinoy educators in the US

Mark Escarlote on Nov 19, 2017 07:57 PM
Ex-Alaska import Chambers helps Pinoy educators in the US
Former Alaska import Sean Chambers in his little way is giving something back to Filipinos.

Sean Chambers saw the bulk of his basketball career as an import for Alaska from 1989 to 2001, distinguishing himself as one of the most successful reinforcements in the PBA.

Filipinos love him and he even called the Philippines his second home.

Even with his jersey long been retired, Chambers is still giving something back to the Filipinos.  

Now a middle school administrator back in the States in the Sacramento City Unified School District in California, the 52-year-old former cager is instrumental in helping Filipino educators land teaching jobs.

“It’s pretty neat because right now within my district we have brought over 24 Filipino teachers to come work in our schools because we were short of teachers,” Chambers told ABS-CBN Sports on Sunday when he watched the 80th UAAP men’s basketball Final Four match between Far Eastern University and Ateneo de Manila University at the Big Dome.

With 81 schools under SCUSD, Chambers said that Filipino teachers are very in demand and in his little way helped pave the way for Pinoys to land jobs as educators.

“I was very instrumental to come out and recruit Filipino teachers to come over,” added Chambers, who works as dean of students in Fern Bacon Middle School.

The six-time PBA champion, including four straight Governors’ Cup titles from 1994 to 1997, is on a 10-day trip in the country. He is currently working with the Aces as Alaska prepares for the 43rd PBA Philippine Cup on December 17.

“I’m gonna be working with some of their bigs, some of the guards, some offensive schematics for a week and a half,” he said.

Early Sunday, Chambers paid a surprise visit to the Gilas Pilipinas’ practice at the Meralco gym.

“I was able, today, to go workout in the Gilas practice so that was an honor itself to be able to work out with the Gilas and an absolute honor to me,” said Chambers.

“I believe the coaching staff led by coach Chot Reyes are doing an amazing thing,” he added. “They pay attention to the details, high level of concentration. The players are playing on a high level of expectations for playing for their country.”

Chambers, obviously, rooted for FEU in the UAAP match and was even seated behind the Tamaraws’ bench where his former teammates Jojo Lastimosa and Johnny Abarrientos serve as assistant coaches.

His visit was a good one as the Tams forced a do-or-die match in the semis with an 80-67 rout of the Blue Eagles.

 

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