WITH a stint in the commercial leagues still in the works, Alyssa Valdez is focusing her energy on helping train young volleyball players.
Valdez did quite a good Tai Bundit impression as she held her first volleyball skill camp, a five-day event at STI Cubao, and the three-time UAAP MVP is very pleased to work with kids from elementary and secondary schools.
“Grabe super saya, as in, ibang feeling ‘to,” Valdez told Spin.ph.
Almost 120 participants attended the event, divided into four sessions per day, supervised by UAAP coaches Kungfu Reyes of University of Santo Tomas and Gerry Yee of University of the Philippines.
“Super saya kasi syempre more than what we’ve expected ‘yung mga pumunta na mga students, na mga kids and syempre marami rin talagang tumutulong na coaches to help out,” said Valdez.
“‘Yun lang naman, lahat naman busy but, you know, they made time to see the kids to help the kids learn volleyball,” she added.
The second camp a three-day event starting on Monday at Valdez’s home province Batangas before clinics are held in Cainta.
“We’re really excited to reach out with our kababayan aspiring athletes sa Batangas,” she said, pleased that she is able to give back to the sport that has been good to her.
“It’s really overwhelming and exciting na nakikita natin ang awareness ng mga bata sa sport na volleyball,” she said.
“But sabi nga namin ni coach Kungfu nandoon na ‘yung awareness kailangan na lang natin mag-meet halfway.”
“Para pagdating naman nila sa sarili nilang competition alam nila ang basic ng volleyball and kung gusto nila mapunta sa competitive na level,” she added.