Jr. NBA alums spread Christmas cheer to kids in PH Heart Center

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 18 2017 05:23 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Just a few weeks after helping Ateneo de Manila University win the UAAP Season 80 crown, Thirdy Ravena and Tyler Tio returned to their roots – the Jr. NBA Philippines program.

Together with Rhayyan Amsali of the National University Bullpups, the two Blue Eagles spread holiday cheer to the children at the Pediatric Ward of the Philippine Heart Center.

They were with Jr. NBA coach Ruben Lanot when they distributed stuffed toys to the different wards, while also providing encouragement to the children as they continue their battle against various illnesses.

"I hope we made the kids feel the spirit of Christmas with the toys, and pray that they continue to be brave in fighting their everyday battles," said Tio, a member of Jr. NBA Philippines' 2013 batach.

The Philippine Heart Center expressed its gratitude to their special guests as they boosted the morale of its patients.

Since 2015, Jr. NBA players and Larc&Asset PR have made charitable work an annual tradition during the holidays.

Jr. NBA Philippines, the league's global youth basketball participation program, will return to action in January 2018. Boys and girls from ages 10-14 are encouraged to join the program, which will mark its 11th year in the Philippines next year.

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