RICKY Marcos, Miggy Clarino and other 'super seniors' are glad to recognized for their efforts in UAAP sports, as the collegiate league announced it will award honorary medals to second semester student-athletes unable to finish their campaigns this past UAAP Season 82.
"Sobrang saya kasi kung iisipin mo, yung buong taon na pinaghirapan niyo, may kapalit pa rin kahit ganito ang nangyari sa atin," said Marcos, the NU Bulldogs libero in the Prospects Pod.
"Nagpapasalamat kami," said Marcos, whose Bulldogs were aiming for a three-peat in men's volleyball.
UP defender Miggy Clarino echoed those sentiments.
"Masaya kami kasi deserve naman namin makakuha ng kahit medal man lang kasi parang isa na kami sa mga naging role models para sa mga bata," he said.
The collegiate league is set to award medals to around 1,150 athletes across six sports from all eight member-schools.
"It shows their support and appreciation for the seniors who dedicated five years to play the sport," said La Salle first baseman Diego Lozano, whose Green Batters were vying for back-to-back crowns in baseball.
"Living the student-athlete life is not easy because you have to have so many sacrifices, you have to plan out your whole day for five, seven times a week just to accommodate everything."
Ateneo hitter Jho Maraguinot added: "I think it’s a nice gesture for the UAAP to appreciate and recognize the super seniors kasi nga sobrang dami rin ng pinagdaanan namin. Sa buong five or six years na naging student-athlete ka, grabe din naman talaga yung mga pinagdaanan namin."
Aside from the special medals, the UAAP has also allowed the extension of eligibility for these "super seniors," calling it a plus-one to their collegiate careers if they opt to play for UAAP Season 83.