ZAMBOANGA CITY, June 19 (PIA) -- Zamboanguena Olympian Hidilyn Diaz and the Alsons Power Group personally granted scholarships to ten young aspiring athletes here to help them fulfill their dreams in sports and in academics.
Oscar Benedict Contreras, Alsons Power Corporate Head, is optimistic that these young athletes "will be future Olympians who will bring pride to the country," like Olympic weightlifter Diaz.
The only requirement for the scholars is for them to stay in school and stay in their athletic teams. Given that the national government already provides free tuition, this "Power Scholars" will be receivie allowances and will continue until the scholar graduates.
Contreras said that the government and private sector should come together in order to help the athletes in the country. He also emphasized that the private sector has more leeway in terms of giving programs and this is a call for other organizations to also extend their support to the youths in the city.
The City Government of Zamboanga still continues to support the young athletes in the city, especially that most of the children do not have enough money to sustain their needs. Facilities are provided and also support in national competitions. The target is to help more than 50 young athletes in the city to become part of the weightlifting team and part of the power scholarship.
Zamboanga City came into the highlight of the weightlifting world mainly because of Zamboanguena Asian Games Gold Medalist Hidilyn Diaz who brought pride to the country. Diaz wants to inspire more athletes and to support them in achieving their dreams, as part of giving back.
"I want to see these children represent the country in the Olympics," she said. (ALT/MLE/PIA9-Zamboanga City)