MANILA – For being a role model on and off the court, Gilas Pilipinas veteran Gabe Norwood was given his own Chooks-to-Go branch by Bounty Agro Ventures Inc. President Ronald Mascariñas on Tuesday afternoon.
This came on the heels of Norwood's Chooks-to-Go Loyalty Award, given last November 27 as he was honored for 10 years of service to the national team program.
The Chooks-to-Go franchise was a surprise for Norwood. BAVI does not make franchising of Chooks-to-Go public, only giving it to individuals that have served the company.
"Oh wow! I did not expect any of this," said Norwood. "This makes me want to work harder to represent the country better."
More than his tenure in Gilas Pilipinas, it was Norwood's stature as a role model to Filipinos that inclined Mascariñas to reward the Filipino-American guard.
"Ever since he came back home back in 2007, he was always humble and kind to everyone," the chief booster of the national team said. "That's why this reward is not really for his years in the program. It's really for the way he has represented the country both locally and internationally. Gabe is an individual of exemplary character."
The founder of Chooks-to-Go initially did not want this meeting to be publicized but Bounty Sports head Mel Macasaquit pushed to do so to inspire the Filipino youth.
"Boss Ronald did not want this to go out in public but we have to show the Filipino kids that all good things will go rewarded," said Macasaquit.
Norwood made his national team debut back in 2007 during the Southeast Asian Games. He was also part of the 2013 and 2015 teams that won silver in the FIBA Asia Championship.
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