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Sprite and NBA continue to support Philippine Special Olympics athletes on NBA Cares

Special Olympics athletes, is composed of children and adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities as they show they skills in sports and activities. It is important for this kind of individual to boost and have physical activities everyday.

Sprite and the National Basketball Association (NBA) work together and gave our country’s Special Olympics athletes an all-star treat on the court last Sunday June 6 at SM Mall Of Asia. The program called NBA Cares that is part of NBA 3X Philippines 2014 . Almost twenty eight Special Olympics athletes sharpened their skills through a basketball clinic. 

The activity is facilitated by Jr. NBA coach Chris Sumner, Basketball Operations of NBA Asia. NBA All-star guard DeMar DeRozan of the Toronto Raptors joined the drills, along with the Toronto Raptors Dance Pak, and The Raptor mascot. The day was full of fun and excitement as the guest and supporters cheered for them. The smiles of the athletes are immeasurable and will definitely a memorable day for them.

The partnership with NBA is made more meaningful through our partnership as well with the Special Olympics. At Coca-Cola, we believe in inclusivity and the specialness of all types of people. By providing avenues such as sports to children and adults with intellectual or developmental disabilities, we open opportunities for them to develop physical fitness, and participate in a sharing of skills with other Special Olympics athletes,” says Atty. Adel Tamano, Vice President for Public Affairs and Communications of Coca-Cola Philippines.

The kids who participated in the local NBA Caresis part of a 3.5 million-strong network of athletes under Special Olympics International—one of the world’s largest programs focusing on sports training and competition. Its partnership with The Coca-Cola Company through Sprite began as far back as 1968.

The Coca-Cola Company and NBA also partnered together in a continues way worldwide like NBA FIT, which are clinics held around the world to promote physical activity among school children and encourage living an active healthy lifestyle.

Coca-Cola Philippines recognizes that using favorite local past-times such as basketball, we would be able to convince people to leave their seats, get into some form of exercise, and find happiness in movement. This is the reason why we support NBA and also reach out to organizations like the Philippine Basket Association for a program called PBA Youngstars and the Alabang Football Club for the Coca-Cola Football Festival,” adds Atty. Tamano.

NBA 3X is organized by NBA and presented by Sprite. Official partners of NBA 3X are Adidas, KFC, Phoenix Petroleum, PLDT Home Fibr, and Smart. Supporting partners are Acer and Spalding.

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