To provide athletes with proper education and to develop future sports educators, the city of Manila has included sports in its school curriculum in line with its plan to establish the Manila Sports Academy.
This was announced yesterday by Arnold "Ali" Atienza, chairman of the Manila Sports Council (MASCO) and son of Mayor Lito Atienza, who said that a Bachelor in Physical Education and Sports course is now being offered at the City College of Manila (CCM).
"One of our long-term plans is to provide the citys deserving athletes with proper college education through scholarship while giving them the time and tools to train and further improve their skills," said Atienza. "It will also serve as an avenue to develop future coaches and trainers who can share and teach their expertise to the citys youth."
Atienza bared that since the Manila Youth Games (MY Games) began in 2002, the city government already had plans of establishing the Manila Sports Academy wherein outstanding performers in the MY Games, specially athletes from the citys public schools, may be given free college education.
"Establishing a sports academy has been one of our dreams for the citys youth so we decided to include sports in the curriculum of the city government-ran college to give immediate priority to deserving athletes and outstanding performers in the MY Games," said Atienza, who thanked CCM President Dr. …