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Aspiring student-athletes encouraged to apply for NAS scholarships for SY 2022-2023 as Bong Go highlights role of sports in youth development

Philippines, Jan 31 – Press Release Jan 30, 2022

Aspiring student athletes are encouraged to apply for the NAS Scholarships for SY 2022-2023 as Bong Go highlights the role of sport in youth development

Senator and Chairman of the Senate Sports Committee Christopher “Bong” Gu has encouraged aspiring student-athletes to join the second annual scholarship competition organized by the National Sports Academy.

The annual NAS Search for Competent, Exceptional, Outstanding, and Talented Student Athletics (NASCENT SAS) was created to provide scholarships to talented young Filipino athletes.

The scholarship will cover tuition fees for six years of study. Successful applicants will also receive a monthly stipend, free boarding, accommodation at the NAS Dormitory, and access to specialized athletic training at world-class facilities at the NAS campus in New Clark in Cabas, Tarlac, which is currently under construction and will be completed by the middle of this year.

“It is my honor to help provide these opportunities for students who want to achieve more in their lives and help make a difference through appropriate education and athletic development. During my first month as a senator, I dreamed of creating an educational institution that would specialize in sports development,” he said. goo.

He continued, “Looking back, I am delighted that all the hard work has finally paid off and we are on the path towards sporting excellence.”

So far, NASCENT SAS has awarded 64 scholarships to student-athletes.

Interested applicants must be seventh or eighth graders; natural born Filipino citizens; have an overall weighted average of at least 80%; And be no older than 14 or 15 for seventh and eighth graders, respectively, at the start of the 2022-2023 school year.

NAS-focused sports include aquatics, athletics, badminton, gymnastics, judo, table tennis, taekwondo, and weightlifting. Qualified applicants from different sports sectors and fields are encouraged to apply.

All application forms and requirements must be submitted physically at the NAS office or virtually by email at [email protected] by April 12, 2022.

As part of his vision to provide a dedicated academy for promising young athletes, Go wrote and co-sponsored a Senate bill that became Republican Act No. 11470 in 2020. The law provided for the creation of the NAS system and main campus.

NAS also offers a secondary education program with a special integrated sports curriculum developed in close coordination with the Department of Education and the Philippine Sports Commission.

The academy is equipped with world-class sports facilities, housing and other amenities on par with international standards. A sufficient number of classrooms and other facilities have also been built in the complex to provide a conducive learning environment for all students.

To ensure the international competitiveness of student-athletes, the Academy also provides the services of internationally licensed and accredited foreign coaches, coaches and consultants, duly accredited by the PSC.

“We waited a decade before it was enacted, so I am very grateful to President Rodrigo Duterte for agreeing to this proposal,” Gu said.

“By providing the right programs for our youth so that they can study well and channel their athletic talents, we can give them more opportunities to succeed in life. I aim for our youth to have a decent and orderly life not only now but also in their old age.”

Gu believes that with huge government investment in the development of sports especially in the grassroots, young Filipinos will be given the opportunity to advance their lives and bring honor to the country. Joe considers himself a sports fan, and is a strong advocate for the long-term development of popular sports. According to him, apart from honing the skills of budding Filipino sports fans, the sport will help them stay away from illegal drugs and crime at a young age.

In 2019, the Philippines emerged as the overall champion when the country hosted the 30th Southeast Asian Games, beating traditional powers in the region, such as Vietnam and Thailand. Last year was also called the Philippines’ most successful Olympic campaign since it joined the quadrennial event when weightlifter Hedlin Diaz handed the country its first gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics. Boxers Neste Betsio and Carlo Balam each won a silver medal, while another boxer, Omer Martial, took the bronze.

Go highlighted the tremendous support provided by the Duterte administration, which has revived hopes that the Philippines will soon regain its position as a sporting powerhouse in the region.

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