Thursday, February 6, 2020

Chooks-to-Go, Special Olympics roll out unified basketball clinic for PIDs and BAVI employees

BAVI president Ronald Mascariñas and Special Olympics executive Kaye Samson open the inaugural Unified Basketball clinic under Chooks-to-Go’s “Kaya ‘Yan, Manok ng Bayan” program. Joining them are brand ambassador Kiefer Ravena and the FIBA 3X3 national team.

Chooks-to-Go and Special Olympics Asia Pacific have conducted a sports clinic for persons with intellectual disabilities (PIDs), their families, and employees of Bounty Agro Ventures, Inc. (BAVI), operator of the country’s largest roasted chicken chain.

The first in a series of activations nationwide under BAVI’s flagship corporate social responsibility program “Kaya ‘Yan, Manok ng Bayan”, the Unified Basketball Clinic saw more than 35 PIDs team up with their family members and BAVI employees as they went through a set of basketball-related games and drills.

Chooks-to-Go brand ambassador Kiefer Ravena during the first leg of the “Kaya Yan, Manok ng Bayan” Unified Basketball Clinic.

“This unified basketball clinic is our way of helping PIDs develop their sports skills as they gain self-confidence. For BAVI employees and other stakeholders, it is an opportunity to better appreciate the abilities of PIDs as they bond together through this activity and develop their camaraderie,” said Ronald Mascariñas, BAVI president and general manager.

The unified basketball clinic was facilitated by Special Olympics and BAVI basketball coaches, including Chooks-to-Go brand ambassador, Kiefer Ravena. It was held at The Upper Deck in Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

FIBA 3X3 national team players took time off from their hectic training to boost the well-being and confidence of the basketball clinic participants.

Special Olympics executive Kaye Samson welcomed the sports clinic participants while Special Olympics powerlifting athlete and BAVI administrative assistant Henry Munarriz gave an inspirational message to his fellow PIDs and their families.

The Kaya ‘Yan, Manok ng Bayan campaign is a year-long sports development and employment program that aims to benefit PIDs through nationwide sports fests, training sessions, and job recruitment activities to BAVI offices. The company hopes to offer at least 20 positions to qualified PIDs from Special Olympics Asia Pacific.

About Bounty Agro Ventures, Inc. (BAVI)
Bounty Agro Ventures, Inc. (BAVI) is the number-one rotisserie chicken company in the Philippines and is part of the second largest poultry integrator in the country. Its retail brands include Chooks-to-Go, Uling Roasters, Reyal, and Papa Dan’s. It was hailed as the Most Innovative Company of the Year in the Asia CEO Awards 2018.

About Special Olympics
Special Olympics is a global inclusion movement using sport, health, education and leadership programs every day around the world to end discrimination against and empower people with intellectual disabilities. Founded in 1968, the Special Olympics movement has grown to more than 6 million athletes and Unified Sports partners in more than 190 countries.

In the Asia Pacific region, Special Olympics has touched the lives of more than 1.9 million athletes across 35 countries. With the support of more than 1 million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics, as a global movement, delivers 32 Olympic-type sports and over 100,000 games and competitions throughout the year.

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