AFTER crossing over to the showbiz scene, Mark Andaya had decided to put on his sneakers anew in the name of charity.
The former pro joined D-League player and ex-La Salle mainstay Peejay Barua in a one day 3 x 3 tournament – the LGR Hoops Play For A Cause – at the Makati Coliseum.
The event, organized to help Mike Custodio, one of the participants of LGR Hoops Season 4 who suffered a severe waist injury after bad fall.
Participants from more than 90 teams which joined Season 4 decided to put up their 3 x 3 teams to raise funds and help defray the player's medical expenses.
LGR Hoops is the fastest growing league for people from all walks of life – recreational players from the corporate world to serious ballers who want to elevate their game to the next level.
For Andaya and Barua, being part of the charity event was something they’re more than willing to do.
“Mahal namin ang basketball. Competitive kaming mga players pero ayaw naming may nakikitang nasasaktang players kakampi man or kalaban,” said the 6-foot-9 Andaya.
Now a full-time employee at Maynilad, Barua went back to playing hoops nine years after he graduated from La Salle. He inked a deal to play for AMA Online recently and he’s planning to use this event as a way to keep himself in shape aside from helping out.
Barua played for DBT, but his team lost in the finals to Wednesday Group, 22-21.
“It’s a great feeling being able to help out,” added Barua. “I’m also trying to keep myself in shape so whenever my team needs me, I’ll be there to contribute.”