Sports icons support special athletes


Kobe Paras of University of the Philippines and 2019 Southeast Asian Games gold medalist Jaime de Lange will throw their support to the Special Olympics Philippines, helping athletes with intellectual disabilities nationwide to pursue their dreams in sports.

“I have been a role model to a lot of people and a lot of kids. So, with this partnership with the Special Olympics, I’m more than willing to support the athletes and give them advise,” Paras told reporters during a news conference organized by Chooks-to-Go on Tuesday in Discovery Suites in Ortigas.

De Lange, the 2019 SEA Games gold winner in skateboarding men’s downhill event, also shared the same sentiments.

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“I fully support this project. Just like the basketball clinics, skateboarding clinics are a thing now,” he said. “Awareness and support, of course I’m always there to help.”

National triathlete Nikko Huelgas, also part of the Chooks-to-Go athletes ambassador, said he was willing to share his time to the special athletes.

“Being an experienced triathlete, I’m very willing to share to them my fitness level training session. I can give all my time. It’s a big inspiration and uplifts my heart,” said the 2017 and 2015 SEA Games gold winner in Malaysia and Singapore, respectively.

Ronald Mascarinas, the country’s 3×3 main backer through Chooks-to-Go, said that they would not only help the Special Athletes but also other people who have intellectual disabilities to get opportunities through employment.

“We want them to be confident, be productive and be part of the mainstream society. So for us, it is very clear. We have our sports ambassadors who will really be a source strong of inspiration,” said Mascariñas, hoping that a PID (People with Intellectual Disabilities) will rise to the executive rank.

“Our objective is for every PIDs is to provide them a job. But the dream really is one day a PID will rise to an executive level position,” he said.



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