THE STARS of volleyball may be out of the playing lines, but they are united as one to lend a helping hand.
From organizing various fundraisers and auction initiatives for frontliners, to personally going out to the streets to do outreach programs and give out care packages, these players are doing their part to help out the country.
Philippine national team captain for men's volleyball John Vic De Guzman applauds their efforts.
“Maliit at malaking bagay ang pagtulong. Nakaka-proud lang na kahit magkakalaban inside the court pero pagdating sa labas, iisa lang ‘yung layunin namin, makatulong at magbigay ng kasiyahan sa mga nangangailangan,” he said in an interview with SPIN Life.
Some groups utilized their huge following to make a volunteer organization that assisted the frontliners, the homeless, and the technical operations officials duly affected by the suspension of games.
A few athletes also took the intiative on their own, cooking and preparing food meals for frontliners and other individuals in need.
John Vic, for his part, gave out a few brand new T-shirts to a few men this Father’s Day after he recently signed an endorsement deal with apparel brand Bench.
“Alam natin lahat na masarap sa feeling pag nabigyan ka ng bagong gamit unexpectedly. Malaking bagay yon. So naisip ko na magbigay ng konting tulong sa ilang frontliners na dad and yung mga nagtatrabaho every day sa streets para ma-sustain ‘yung pang-araw-araw nila,” he said.
De Guzman added: “Malaking impact for me ‘pag nakikita ko ‘yung ngiti at saya sa mga mukha nila.”
He also commends the stronger friendship built among the volleyball community, given that they only have one agenda this lockdown.
“I’m thankful for other athletes talaga na tumutulong. Isa pala ang sports sa mga ways para ipakita mo hindi lang ang skills at talent mo, kundi para magkaroon ng chance makilala yung ibang tao at magkaroon ng bagong kaibigan,” he said.