NOT even the rain could stop Kevin Love from putting smiles on the faces of children from the Manila Boystown Complex in Marikina, where he conducted a cage clinic on Friday as part of his Manila visit for the Master Gameface All-Star Basketball Challenge.
Around 150 less fortunate kids were the beneficiary of the workshop held at the newly-painted basketball court of the charitable institution.
Participants, however, were forced to seek shelter as rains came pouring down just before the festivities were about to get going.
Organizers later decided to hold the clinic at a cramped building nearby.
Still, the Minnesota Timberwolves star gamely worked on passing, defending, and rebounding skills to the kids.
“Like the NBA’s saying, NBA Cares,” said Love. “We like to give back in different ways. NBA is continuing to expand. It’s a global game and it’s continuing to be one of the most popular sports in the entire world. To give back to the community is a big thing for us.”
Love admitted he is excited to be in the country for the very first time as the special guest in the Master Gameface All-Star Challenge where teams of Chris Tiu and Marc Pingris will be pitted against each other.
Tiu said this is not the first time he had an encounter with Love.
“Apparently, many years ago, we were in the same training camp in LA. I saw how Kevin worked, that is why I’m not surprised that he is in the NBA,” said Tiu in the presser that followed the clinic.
Tiu said Love is perfect to become a `Master’ ambassador.
“We have the same vision and mission which is to inspire basketball fans and try to promote good values. What better way to show it than through basketball,” added the Rain or Shine guard.
Tiu said he looks forward to a great Saturday event for the fans at the Smart Araneta Coliseum, with Love scheduled to compete in the three-point shootout.
“This weekend is going to be really exciting because it’s the second year of the Master Gameface,” said Tiu.
Master brand manager Jonathan Pua said the kick-off event at the Manila Boystown is part of the brand’s social responsibility.
“We found a perfect fit to communicate our two main thrusts - educating young men in hygiene, and help them in sports development,” said Pua.