PBA stars Greg Slaughter of Ginebra, Kevin Alas of NLEX and Ian Sangalang of Magnolia got the rock-star treatment from students of La Immaculada Concepcion School in Pasig City on Thursday.
Although it was dismissal time for most of the students, a lot of them stayed around to watch Slaughter, Alas, Sangalang and the rest of the PBA delegation as they turned on the charm and held shooting contests.
Slaughter advised the kids on the value of education.
“A lot of people have dreams of having basketball careers, thinking that they don’t need school or anything,” said Slaughter, who took up Political Science in Ateneo.
“It’s part of our responsibility (as athletes) to let kids know that (hard) work comes with achieving something they want and the number one way to get that is education,” he added. “That is why it should be your number one priority.”
“You have to learn how you can contribute to society. Without education, even if you are given the thing that you wanted, you won’t know how to handle it,” he continued.
Alas, who majored in Information Technology in Letran, couldn’t agree more. He stressed the importance of having a fall back in case basketball careers didn't work out.
“Kaya nga noong college tinatawag kaming student-athletes, being a student comes first kasi ‘yung basketball naman hindi siya forever,” the NLEX youngster said.
Sangalang added: “Syempre isang papel ‘yun para makapasok ka sa PBA, na pagpasok mo ng pro dadalhin mo lahat ng pinag-aralan mo. It’s not about basketball lagi, importante din ‘yung may tinapos ka."
PBA commissioner Willie Marcial was pleased with the turnout.
“First time ito na nagpunta kami sa school, masaya kami na ganoon ang welcome nila sa amin,” said the PBA official. “Sa mga susunod ita-try namin na sa mga public schools naman magpunta.”