ADAPTING to the new normal, athletes have to find creative ways to get moving, especially since they're used to constant physical activity — something that's admittedly hard to get into during a lockdown.
For college basketball personality Ricci Rivero, he utilized his time to learn something new.
With the help of friend John Vic de Guzman, the UP Fighting Maroon allotted a single practice day to do a sports crossover to men’s volleyball.
“I have high respect for volleyball, so I took some time to learn the basics with national team captain, John Vic. I did this video to encourage more kids out there to try volleyball as their sport,” the 22-year-old said.
With the the nation volleyball team mainstay locked down with the Rivero family since March, De Guzman has been joining them in their activities — including Rivero's newfound interest in vlogging.
The two started with a proper program that involved stretching, a 10-minute warm-up jog, then a few introductory court drills and ball-passing.
De Guzman shared that Ricci earned the basics rapidly, given his background in basketball.
As seen in the clip, it took them a few hours to practice. John Vic taught him the basic movements and skills. Meanwhile, the difficulty of setting a ball drew Ricci’s attention.
Ricci revealed: “Mahirap din talaga. Kailangan makapag-decide ka as fast as possible, as in pagka-landing ng paa mo dapat may decision ka agad. Nahirapan ako sa setting kasi prone talaga siya to two touches. Pero masaya ‘yung sport na ‘to, iba ‘yung intensity sa men’s volleyball.”
Ricci also encouraged his supporters and the young dreamers to at least try to learn a sports activity, given all the time they have right now at home.
“Sports is for everyone, no age, no gender, no biases. Kapag, gusto mo, gusto mo,” he said.