TEAM U Sports Documentary TV Show Premieres Tomorrow, June 15

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There’s a new sports show airing on local, free TV! It’s TEAM U, a sports documentary program which not only aims to entertain but also to help contribute to the country’s sports development program via the discovery of promising athletes from the grassroots level.

This 30-minute show is being produced by famous celebrities who are also avid sports persons themselves, Piolo Pascual and Gerald Anderson, together with strength and conditioning coach and former UP Athlete Eski Ripoll and will have as hosts Piolo, Gerald, Eski and sports experts Gretchen Ho, Armand Del Rosario and Marco Benitez

More than a mere sports show, Team U is also an advocacy program which will focus on featuring stories of young men and women in the field of sports who are on a quest to bring pride and glory to the country through their athletic talents. For it’s pilot season, the show will travel to three schools – Rizal High School in Pasig City, Abellana National High School in Cebu City and General Santos City High School in General Santos City – which are being looked at as a pilot regional campuses for the “Sports School”

The creation of a Sports School is the show’s main advocacy which aims to develop athletes through proper training and development under the wing of acclaimed sports practitioners. Notice that the schools to be visited are all public schools. This is because the show wants to be able to tap athletes from where there is limited support, financial aid, and proper training.

A reality that will certainly be presented by the show is the fact that a lot of young Filipino athletes do have that inborn knack for being athletic but due the many challenges – lack of support, access to financial aid, scholarships, proper training gear, etc., have remained undiscovered or undeveloped. 

Hopefully the show will be able to gather enough support both from the public and private sectors so that opportunities for every Filipino child to dream and live out their passion for sports through education will be easily-accessible.

Team U’s pilot episode airs tomorrow, June 15 at 11:3o am on the ABS-CBN Sports + Action channel (formerly Studio 23, Channel 17 on SkyCable) and a replay will be shown on Monday, June 16 at 1:30pm on the Balls Channel (Channel 34 on SkyCable).



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