Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

The National Basketball Training Center and the MVP Sports Foundation: Partnering for grassroots development for hoops

The MVP Sports Foundation signed a memorandum of agreement with the National Basketball Training Center at Meralco Corporate offices in Pasig City. From left to right: Alex Compton, NBTC Training Director; Eric Altamirano, NBTC Program Director; Chot Reyes, Executive Director, MVPSF; and Butch Antonio, Program Director, MVPSF.  The first project under this partnership is the Coaches Convention that will be held at the Philsports Arena from October 12-14, 2012. Said Reyes, who is also head coach of the Philippine Men’s Basketball National Team, "The MVPSF is proud to partner with the NBTC in its efforts to develop the game Filipinos are so passionate about on a truly meaningful level. We believe that for any grassroots development to gain traction, the focus must be not only in training the youth nationwide, but more importantly, in equipping the coaches who will train these players to play this game the right way.”

Early this year, I began working with Coach Eric Altamirano and Alex Compton in the NBTC and it was a whole lot of fun. Now working with the guys at the MVPSF is going to be cool since I was with Butch Antonio during the early years of Smart Gilas and with Coach Chot who for years I have engaged in many an animated discussion and story. This is gonna be a blast and the coaches convention this weekend is going to be plenty interesting.


  1. i'm just a bit disappointed because it's another basketball-centric effort being done by the moneyed and the powers-at-be.

    i just wish more money will be given to the sports programs w/c cater to football, tennis,badminton, triathlon, cycling, and volleyball (probably). sports, as everyone knows, we have a fighting chance to succeed in.

    don't get me wrong, rick. i'm in love w/ basketball just like any other full blooded filipino male, but demmit, there's more to sporting life than hoops, the shaded lane, three point plays and the like

  2. i agree. so what if you train kids to play basketball at an early age? suppose he picks up the skills, iq and others required to become a really good player.... then stops growing at 5'6 when he is 15 years old. what now?

    this is another futile attempt at basketball greatness. enough already.