MANILA, Philippines—It's all systems go for Chooks-to-Go and the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas, as they look to set a new world record for the most number of participants in a FIBA 3x3 basketball tournament at Sisters of Mary School Boystown and Girlstown over the weekend.
Currently, the FIBA record for kids is at 1,114 participants while the overall record saw 1,898 players.
The SBP, the sport's national governing body, is expecting 1,100 children from Boystown on Saturday, and another 1,500 participants from Girlstown on Sunday.
The basketball stakeholders said the ultimate goal is to build the foundation of the country's Olympic dream in 3x3 basketball, with breaking the world record simply a by-product.
"With this event, we are hoping for two things," said Chooks-to-Go president Ronald Mascariñas during the press conference for the event held at Bai Hotel in Cebu City.
"One is to teach the sport of 3x3 basketball to these kids. Though it is just like indoor basketball, iba ang rules at skillsets needed for 3x3. And we are hoping to see that the kids of Boystown and Girlstown will grow up and be part of our league Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3x3.
"More importantly, we hope that we could instill the importance of pride for country to these kids. With Kobe (Paras) and Thirdy (Ravena), both of whom have represented the country well, the participants tomorrow and on Sunday will find their role models in them."
Collegiate basketball stars Ravena and Paras, both former 3x3 youth team players, will serve as mentors to the participants in the event.
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