Cage heroes reconnect with hometowns as part of PBA's 40th anniversary party
The PBA plans to have clinics in different areas to be led by Pampanga's Japeth Aguilar, Manila's Paul Lee, Negros Occidental's James Yap, Cebu's June Mar Fajardo and Greg Slaughter and other stars. Jerome Ascano / Jaime Campos

BASKETBALL fans from different parts of the country will have a chance to reconnect with their hometown heroes in a homecoming celebration planned for the PBA's 40th anniversary.

The homecoming, a brainchild of PBA chairman Patrick Gregorio, plans to bring stars like Purefoods' James Yap and Marc Pingris, reigning MVP June Mar Fajardo of San Miguel Beer, Ginebra’s Greg Slaughter and Japeth Aguilar as well as Rain or Shine guard Paul Lee to their hometowns to conduct basketball clinics and spread goodwill.

“One of our projects this season, which is supported by commissioner Chito Salud, is for PBA players to go back to where they came from, some sort of a homecoming to do basketball clinics and interact with their kababayan,” Gregorio told on New Year’s Day.

The soft-spoken PBA executive believes the homecoming will foster greater connection between PBA players and their fans since people from the province don’t get to see their hometown heroes outside the PBA provincial games.

Gregorio added that the project, to be sponsored by PLDT Home under its executive vice president Ariel Fermin, is scheduled from January to August.

PBA players who plan to go back to their respective hometowns only need to coordinate with Rhose Montreal, the pro league’s special projects coordinator, as well as PLDT Home to help facilitate the logistics for the clinics.

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