UAAP's 'super seniors' to be feted in Season 82 online closing ceremony

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Jul 18, 2020 02:15 PM
'Super seniors' to be feted in S82 online closing ceremony
National U's Ricky Marcos (no. 15) is among several supposedly graduating players who will be recognized in the UAAP 82 online closing ceremony

UAAP Season 82 officially comes to a close on July 25.

There, the league pushes through with closing ceremonies for its most recent tournament cut short due to the continuing COVID-19 crisis.

There, champions and individual awardees from first semester sports would be celebrated once more.

Student-athletes from the second semester sports would not be getting left behind, however.

In particular, so-called super seniors whose campaigns were cut short by the pandemic would also be recognized in the event to be shown on ABS-CBN Sports' online platforms.

For that, they are nothing but grateful.

"Sobrang saya kasi, isipin mo, yung buong taon na pinaghirapan mo, may kapalit pa rin kahit ganito ang nangyari," Ricky Marcos, libero of two-time defending champion National University said in The Prospects Pod last Friday. "Nagpapasalamat kami."

Diego Lozano, first baseman of still-reigning baseball king De La Salle University could only agree. "I'm happy the UAAP decided to do this because it shows their support for the seniors who dedicated five years to play the sport they love," he said.

He then continued, "This also shows appreciation of the fact that living the student-athlete life is not easy because you have to have so many sacrifices."

Indeed, a rare occurrence that affected all is more than enough reason for a rare citation to appreciate all.

For super seniors such as the University of the Philippines booter Miggy Clarino, that award, even if it is not the championship they all hope for,  is still to be treasured. As he put it, "Masaya, siyempre, kasi as seniors, deserve naman naming makakuha ng kahit medal man lang kasi isa kami sa mga naging role models para sa mga bata sa sports namin."

Editor's Note: The UAAP Season 82 Closing Ceremony will air July 25, Saturday, 7 pm and July 26, 4:30 pm on LIGA on SkyCable channel 86, LIGA HD on SkyCable 183, sports.abs-cbn.com, Facebook and YouTube

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