MANILA, Philippines -- Their competition might have been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but Adamson University's softball team showed that they are still champions both on and off the diamond.
Members of the Lady Falcons who were left stranded in the school dormitories got together last week to help in packing goods that will be distributed in various parts of Manila.
This was the athletes' way of supporting the Vincentian priests' Charity Over Virus Indifference and Despair (COVID) and Facemasks Cover Your Face Not Your Hearts program.
"Sa part namin, kahit small things na pwede kaming makatulong sa mga pamilya rito sa Metro Manila na nangangailangan lalo na sa panahong ito na kailangan atin ang isa't isa," said Adamson head coach Ana Santiago.
"We are very happy to be part ng program na ito at patuloy namin gagawin ito sa abot ng makakaya namin," she added.
The Lady Falcons were scheduled to begin their bid for a 10th straight softball title last February 17.
However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the enhanced community quarantine that was eventually imposed, all UAAP activities were suspended earlier this month.
This resulted in some of Adamson's softball players getting stuck in their dormitories.
"May mga players kami na hindi nakauwi sa kanilang probinsya kasi nagmahal 'yung pamasahe at 'yung iba naman inabot na ng community quarantine," shared Santiago.
"Kaya gagawin namin 'yung time na ito para makatulong at magdasal para sa bayan."
The Philippines has reported 501 cases of COVID-19 as of Tuesday morning, with 33 fatalities.
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