The first-ever MVPSF Youth Basketball League (MYBL) was launched last July 13 in Cagayan de Oro City at the Corpus Christi Gymnasium.
Thirty one teams from different schools of Cagayan de Oro, Bukidnon, Iligan, and Misamis Oriental are competing in the MYBL's three categories : 12-under, 15-under, and 18-under category . City Mayor Oscar S. Moreno expressed his joy and gratitude to the private groups and government organizations which brought this initiative to the city to show support to the youth in the field of sports.
The league was made possible through the collaborative efforts of Manny V. Pangilinan Sports Foundation (MVPSF), Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP), Local Government of Cagayan de Oro City, Cebu Landmasters, Inc., Smart Communications, Inc., Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR), Balibago Waterworks System, Inc., CDO Basketball Federation, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) and Cabinet Officer for Regional Development and Security (CORDS-X). In his message, Atty. Jang Moreno, MVPSF Community, Sports and Youth Development Head, said that Cagayan de Oro was chosen as the venue for the MYBL because of its ideal and strategic location as well as the proliferation of talents and potentials of the aspiring young players in Northern Mindanao. Sidelights to the opening ceremony and launching,
Famous personalities from the Philippine Basketball Association like James Yap, Beau Belga, JV Mocon and PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial mingled the participants in a meet and greet. Also on hand to toss the inaugural jump ball of the fledgling league were SBP Operations Head Butch Antonio and SBP Executive Director Sonny Barrios. MVPSF Youth Basketball league is just one of the numerous programs lined-up by the private sector especially MVP Sports Foundation and the local government to further improve and develop the performance of the region in the field of sports. (CIO)