BARANGAY Ginebra point guard LA Tenorio has turned his focus to a new calling after failing to make the cut in the Gilas Pilipinas team for the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament.
The longtime national player has teamed up with Globe Telecom for the TM Basketball Para Sa Bayan, a nationwide program that aims to teach underprivileged kids the fine points of the game.
The program brings free basketball clinics and a 3-on-3 tournament to boys and girls age 9-14 from mid-July to mid-August this year to determine the team that will participate in the NBA 3X 2016 in Manila next month.
After its pilot run in Cavite last May, Globe will hold the TM Basketball Para Sa Bayan in four more provinces, namely Bulacan, Isabela, Cebu and Davao.
Globe director for citizenship Fernando Esguerra said Tenorio has shown an innate passion for teaching the youth.
“We witnessed LA’s big heart for coaching when we invited him to conduct the first TM Basketball Para Sa Bayan free basketball clinic in Cavite last May," Esguerra said.
"With his help in this program, we hope to further promote grassroots sports development in the country, hone the basketball skills of underprivileged youth as well as impart to them the value of sportsmanship,” Esguerra said.
Tenorio said he is very thankful for the opportunity to teach basketball to underprivileged children.
“I guess everything happens for a reason. I am really grateful for being given an opportunity to impart my knowledge and skills to the future basketball stars that may one day represent the flag in international competition,” Tenorio said.