Jeff Cariaso reaches out to female track star in barefoot runners

Dec 11, 2019

Remember the photos of a young speedster in makeshift running shoes that recently went viral?

Rhea Ballos of Salvacion Elementary School reportedly won three gold medals in the 400-, 800-, and the 1500-meter runs for elementary girls during the Iloilo Schools Sports Council Meet, while wearing nothing but a plaster bandage on her feet.

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The word "Nike" and Swoosh logo were even playfully scribbled on her improvised pair.

Netizens were moved by the 11-year-old runner from Balasan and started tagging the American sports brand, as well as local basketball specialty store Titan 22. The news got to Titan co-founder and Alaska Aces head coach Jeffrey Cariaso, who immediately took to Twitter to get in touch with Rhea.

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Earlier today, The Jet confirmed that he has been able to contact the female track star and her adviser. Here's hoping the seven-time PBA champion could help Rhea beyond giving her decent runners.

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