by Marian Gladys Baring, Asst Sports Editor
Mike Limpag, Sports Editor
“IT’S hard to say no to Cesafi.”
Former Cebu Football Association president Jonathan Maximo decided to help the football competition of the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc. (Cesafi), set to open its 10th season later this month.
“I will help in any way I can. Although one need not be a tournament manager to help out the league. The bottom line is I can’t really say no to Cesafi. I, myself, am a beneficiary of the Cesafi system. I was also a varsity player and because of that I got free education and this is my way of giving back,” said Maximo.
“Let’s pay forward the good things that we got for being student-athletes,” said Maximo, a businessman who is also busy being the one-man support crew of his son Igi’s budding cycling career.
Maximo added he hopes the other former varsity players will also come out to help the league.
“I think it’s important to promote the message of volunteerism.
So next time, we don’t have to force people to become tournament managers, we will have a lot to choose from,” said Maximo.
“We will need the help of other former varsities to make sure Cesafi will have a good staging this year,” said Maximo.
“Everyone should do their share to assure that the Cesafi tradition of helping student-athletes continues,” said Maximo.
The others tournament managers are Victor Yntig of the Department of Education (DepEd) for athletics; Lerma Binaoro of the Philippine Sports Commission for badminton; Cebu Chess Club’s Marvin Ruelan for chess; University of Cebu’s Victor Cuenco for dancesport; Fritz Tabura of the University of the Visayas (UV) for tennis; Manuel Aloba for karatedo; Tony del Prado of the Cebu Taekwondo Association for taekwondo; Marsha Malbas of UV for scrabble; Marlon Gicain of DepEd for sepak takraw; Dr. Gil Ramas for swimming and Carmen Prado of DepEd for table tennis.
The Cebu Volleyball Association (Ceva) was tapped to manage volleyball and beach volleyball but the decision hinges on today’s meeting between the Ceva and Cesafi officials, where Ceva will be handing its proposed rates to the league.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 14, 2010.