Events and Sports chairman and chief-executive-officer Philip Ella Juico at the Philippine Sportswriters Association (PSA) forum. (Photo: Business Mirror)
By Cip D.C. Cabrera
MANILA — Finally a new sports league is in the offing with grassroots volleyball development in the country as its most important goal.
Following the formation of the Shakey’s Super Volleyball League Athletics (SSVL), Athletics Events and Sports (AES) chairperson and chief executive officer Philip Ella Juico enthused that the new volley circuit will be a big boost to the sport with the country’s top schools and universities joining the competitions.
Juico announced that all teams of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), led by Season 97 champion College of Saint Benilde and runner-up Arellano University, will be joined by teams from the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP), bannered by Season 84 champion National University and runner-up De La Salle University.
Adamson University and University of the Philippines, though, have yet to formalize their respective commitments to the new volley league.
“We exchanged ideas with Shakey’s management and we agreed to focus on strengthening the grassroots by emphasizing the collegiate scene first,” Juico explained.
Together with Aces Group president Adrian Laurel, the former Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) chief and chairman emeritus of the Philippine Athletic Track and Field Association (PATAFA) forged a partnership with Shakey’s Pizza Ventures, Inc. for the formation of the SSVL. (ai/mtvn)