The arrival of four big boxes surprised them as they were in the middle of training in preparation for the Palarong Pambansa in Legazpi City, Albay. They were all delighted and eager to try out their new shoes when they found out that they will be receiving new football and futsal shoes that Friday afternoon in the dusty Melvin Jones football grounds.
Cordillera Administrative Region’s (CAR) high school football and futsal athletes were given football and futsal shoes through the initiative of Goshen Land CEO Alexander Bangsoy and the Cordillera Goshen Land Football Club (CGFC) last March 11, 2016 at the Melvin Jones football grounds.
Thirty six high school athletes from Baguio and Benguet will be competing in football and futsal as representatives of CAR in the Palarong Pambansa in Legazpi City, Albay on April 10-18, 2016. Most of these athletes are from CGFC’s grassroots football program and Goshen Land’s Entrepreneurial Social Responsibility (ESR) football scholars.
Goshen Land’s ESR have witnessed over the years how these athletes endured wearing worn out socks and shoes in poor conditions where they are told to aim for the gold. The lack of provision and support has caused Goshen Land the desire to support these athletes in little ways that they can to boost their confidence and spirit. Aside from the new football shoes given to these athletes, they were given multivitamins and are also being supported through life coaching, mental conditioning, one on one counseling, physical conditioning through crossfit, and football and futsal coaching in preparation for the Palarong Pambansa.
Under the initiative of Goshen Land CEO Alexander Bangsoy, Ariston Bocalan, head coach for the secondary football and futsal teams and CGFC president, put up a fund drive to augment athletes need for uniforms, socks, additional food and drink supplements, equipment for training, and support for their out of town exposure games to improve their endurance and stamina under the sun since they are used to the cold Baguio weather.
In these little acts, Goshen Land hopes to make a difference in the lives of these kids—not just for them to give their best in the upcoming Palarong Pambansa in April but so they could be prepared to clinch college football scholarship offers from Manila universities. Through this process, Goshen Land hopes that they could have a better start and a better fighting chance in life than their parents.
For those who would want to join in making a difference in the lives of our CAR secondary athletes, you can send your support to the BPI savings account number 8123-0390-69 until April 8, 2016. Savings account is named under Ariston Bocalan and Alexander Bangsoy.*** –Louella Marie Pader