PBA Player Jervy Cruz has a lot to share about his basketball journey, “Sobrang blessed ako kasi narating ko ang narating ko. Kasi sobra-sobrang hirap ang dinaanan ko. Galing akong probinsya pero pangarap ko lang talaga maging isang PBA player”, says Jervy.
He continues by saying that even when he was in high school, he was dead-set on his dreams, though, it didn’t seem possible to attain his ambition, he held on to it, “Nung high school ako, ang laro namin di naman seryoso. Nung nag-college ako, 4 a.m. pa lang gising na ako, tapos Team B ako ng 4 years. So feeling ko, bakit ganoon.”
He said that despite the obstacles that came his way, he never doubted himself. He just kept his unwavering faith and kept the dream alive. “Ang sabi ko sa sarili ko pag susuko na ako,…konti na lang…kaya ko pa, kaya ko pa ito.”
Having accomplished a dream that most young basketball players aspire for, Jervy has made it his advocacy to inspire more young players to hold on to that dream. He has become the voice for Under Armour’s latest program, FIBA 3x3 U18 Asia Cup presented by Under Armour.
3x3 basketball, or streetball is the largest urban team sport of the world. With 12-second shot clock, and 10-minute or first team to 21-point format, the games are usually fast, accessible, and entertaining for the players and audience alike. The format made its global competitive debut at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics in Singapore and the World Championships have been regularly organised by FIBA since then.
The Under Armour 3x3 Southeast Asia 2017 Tournament will take place in Cebu at the Cebu City Sports Club and Ayala Center Cebu on April 22-23, 2017. In Manila, it will take place at Bonifacio Global City on April 28-30, 2017.
Organised by Under Armour in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and the Philippines, the tournament is open to all U-18 male and female basketballers.
Each player who signs up will receive a set of Under Armour teamwear that consists of an UA Tech™ Tank Top and UA Baseline Basketball Shorts. All players will also receive 25% discount on Under Armour basketball footwear, including the latest signature Curry 3 Basketball Shoes that deliver infinite support and total control on the court.
In addition to winning up to S$1,000 or Php36,000 in prize money, respective country’s basketball federation or association may also select the winning teams to be part of the national contingent and compete against other National Teams from Asia in the FIBA 3x3 U18 Asia Cup presented by Under Armour on 26–28 May 2017 held in Cyberjaya Gem in Mall, Malaysia. Flights and accommodation will be fully paid for the selected teams.
“Kung gusto mo makamit ang pangarap mo, kailangan mo mag-try. Kailangan sabihin mo kaya mo ito. Magsikap ka, at wag mawalan ng pag-asa. To all the aspiring basketball players, this may be your chance na mabago ang buhay mo. Sumali kayo sa UA 3x3”, says Cruz.