Summer is the time when school kids get to enjoy their much-needed vacation from academic responsibilities. However, the hot and even hotter days of languid existence they so look forward to each year can become quite a bore outside the sporadic dose of trips and outings. As parents, you would rather want your kids to enjoy their mental rest doing something productive and worthwhile.
Sport activities always come first on the list building not only body strength but character values as well as they not only get entrenched in the mechanics of the game but of sportsmanship, camaraderie and dealing with defeats and setbacks as well. The Alaska Power Camp offers top-notch coaches who are movers and leaders in their respective sports. Together with meticulously prepared programs that are at par with international standards, this summer sports program from the leader in milk nutrition in the country sees to it that each participant develops proper skills development with equal emphasis on the formation of core values such as discipline, determination, hard work, teamwork, etc.
Alaska has been playing a significant role in sports development in the country ever since the start of Power Camp more than 20 years ago. Marketing Director Blen Fernando emphasized “all the while, I personally believe that it was only Alaska who ventured into sports (development) as early as that. In fact, during the lowest years of volleyball and football, it was only Alaska who continued to invest in these sports without even thinking of what it will get out of it. We believe in Alaska that we have a very significant role in being able to influence how the children should live their lives, they should not just eat the right food and drink milk but they should also have an active lifestyle.”
Growing from having 5 locations to 7 currently in Metro Manila and the provinces with average registrants of 100 each location, the Alaska Basketball Power Camp is under the directorship of PBA legend and Alaska Aces Asst. Coach Jeffrey Cariaso with present and former PBA players handling other camps like Dondon Hontiveros for Cebu camp, Topeak Robinson for both the Lucena and Subic camps.
The Volleyball Power Camp has been under the directorship of former DLSU Lady Spiker star player Michele Gumabao for two years now. The beauteous spiker shared that the camp actually started as her own “Michele Gumabao Volleyball Camp”. She initiated this camp out of her experience growing up with the sport not yet where it is now in terms of popularity in our country thus no available avenue for her to learn the sport due to lack of training camps nor interest in the sport in the school where she enrolled in. This eventually evolved into the Alaska Power Camp.
“I really saw the need and the potential and the passion as well of Alaska when it comes to developing young players. And this has been one of my struggles ever since I joined collegiate volleyball. I always wished and I always told myself what if I had an opportunity like this when I was younger…. So when I graduated from DLSU, I made it a choice and a passion to help young girls who don’t have that experience and that confidence when they were young, to really provide them the means of learning (the sport) even outside school even just for summer….” Michele related.
Former Real Madrid player and one of the leading personalities in the field of local soccer, Mr. Thomas Lozano, is behind the helm of Alaska Football Power Camp. He has been connected with Alaska for 20 years now and together with the help of his son, who is also an avid soccer enthusiast, created the program for the camp. Currently there are four Power Camps in Manila and, three years ago, started some provincial camps in several locations in Luzon. Currently, he and his team of coaches have been scouring the provinces like Baguio, Tarlac, Sta. Cruz, Pagsanjan, Pangasinan for several days of four-day camp sessions with kids ages 6 to 16 years old.
Mr. Lozano expressed strong confidence on the development of the sport and its future in country, “Football will grow because there is no stopping anymore of football and in a few years, maybe not unlike basketball, there will be national league, there will be professionals in this country, something for the kids to look forward to.” He further revealed his stand on Fil-foreign football players, “In the past we have many (many) of the national team players who come from Alaska program and schools. Nowadays we have a little less because they are mostly Azkals and Azkals have no history in the Philippines. But, I believe little by little the number of Azkals will be reduced, reduced, reduced until we have wonderful Filipino kids (who will comprise the national team) in the country.” By the way, I share the same sentiments and, hopefully, more Filipinos do too.
For more information about the Alaska Power Camp, please visit the following websites: http://alaskapowercamp.com/basketball/2014/, http://alaskapowercamp.com/football/2014/, http://www.alaskapowercamp.com/volleyball
For inquiries, please call 840-4500 local 205 or 209 and look for CK Kanapi-Daniolco, Sports Development Group.