It is Martin's passion for basketball that got him interested in helping younger kids. In 2016, he assisted in coaching the basketball summer camp for ISM elementary kids. He enjoyed interacting with them and sharing the moves his own coaches have taught him through the years. Through these camps, he realized that he wanted to reach out to underprivileged kids who surely enjoy basketball, but do not have the opportunity to be exposed to training and skills development.
The idea of establishing a basketball camp for poverty-stricken kids and empowering them through sports was formulated and in June 2017 Rebound.ph was launched, with its first camp in Tacloban. Martin thought of the name REBOUND because, in the long term, he would like to help kids who have encountered hardships and empower them to bounce back through sports.
Rebound.ph works with disadvantaged or displaced kids by teaching them basketball skills in a fun, learning environment. Each basketball camp is capped off with a mini-tournament. Also, each participant goes home with his very own basketball which will help encourage him to practice the game long after the camp has ended.
By sharing our time and skills in basketball, it is our goal to have fun with the kids, while encouraging them to practice skills and hopefully stay away from harmful habits that they can pick up from their environment. We also give each participant a basketball to keep to encourage them to continue practicing.
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