PBA: Meralco's Hodge, SMB's Ross contribute to Cariaso's efforts


Posted at Mar 19 2020 11:31 AM

MANILA, Philippines -- San Miguel guard Chris Ross and Meralco forward Cliff Hodge are the latest PBA players to pledge their support to the league's game-day personnel, after Alaska coach Jeffrey Cariaso initiated a movement on Wednesday.

Cariaso yesterday announced that he will pledge P100,000 for the league's non-regular personnel, who rely on wages earned during game days. The Alaska coach asked for help from other PBA players, as he wanted to make up for two months' worth of wages.

Among the PBA's non-regular personnel are statisticians and table officials.

Meralco's Hodge, who was among the players tagged by Cariaso in a tweet, was quick to pledge P20,000 of his own money.

"Let me know also if there is anything else I can do to help our PBA family," he added.

Ross, San Miguel's veteran court general, quickly chimed in as well.

"I'll match," he said, quoting Hodge's tweet.

The league is in full support of Cariaso's initiative, PBA commissioner Willie Marcial had assured. Moreover, they have already lent a helping hand to the non-regular personnel as well.

Marcial announced last week that the PBA is suspending all of its events, from the PBA Philippine Cup to the PBA D-League Aspirants Cup, because of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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