US Embassy conducts basketball clinic for persons with disabilities in Manila
MANILA, July 2, 2015—The U.S. Embassy in Manila, in partnership with Alaska Milk Corporation, organized a basketball clinic for persons with disabilities (PWDs) yesterday, July 1, at Cuneta Astrodome in Pasay City.
The event, part of this year’s U.S. Fourth of July Independence Day celebration, promoted the rights of PWDs in commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The sports clinic also aimed to further the rights of disabled persons in the Philippines, encourage governments to protect those rights, and to support local advocacy through sports programs.
One hundred PWDs participated fromthe Philippine Sports Association for the Differently Abled (PhilSPADA), Philippine National School for the Deaf, Philippine School for the Blind, and Deaf Wheelchair Basketball Team.
In his welcome remarks, U.S. Ambassador to the PhilippinesPhilip Goldberg highlighted several similarities between the Philippines and the United States, including the love of basketball. He also mentioned that the U.S. State Department has always advocated for equal opportunity and access for people with disabilities. Pasay City Mayor Antonino Calixto also attended the event.
A similar event, with a futsal (soccer) clinic, will be held at St. Louis University in Baguio City on July 11.#