12 July 2011

Kobe Bryant's 3rd Visit to the Philippines

Kobe “Black Mamba” Bryant is back in the country to once again encourage the Filipino youth to realize their dreams through sports.

Bryant arrived at the AGES Hangar of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Tuesday aboard a private jet as he kicked off his five-city Nike Asian tour.

This is Kobe’s third visit to the Philippines as Nike’s brand ambassador. Manila is his first stop before moving on to Seoul and various cities in China.

“Nike is proud to bring Kobe Bryant back to Manila. In his last two visits, Kobe was able to connect with a lot of young Filipino athletes, encouraging them to fulfill their dreams through sport like he did,” said Nike Philippines Country Marketing Manager, Mae Dichupa.

“As part of our commitment to basketball and young Filipino athletes, Nike continuously develops campaigns that will encourage them to reach for their sports dreams. Kobe’s visit is a testament to this. Though very brief, his one-day visit will definitely inspire Filipino athletes who look up to him.”

At three years old, Bryant already knew that he wanted to become a basketball player. He grew up continually honing his skills and practicing drills which helped in his rise as a basketball superstar. In 1996, he was drafted in the professional league and has since received five championship rings with his team, an MVP Award, and four All-Star MVP Awards.

Taking inspiration from Kobe’s passion and dedication, the Nike tour is designed to lead young hoopsters down the path to greatness.

At 3 p.m. Wednesday, Kobe goes to the Nike Park at The Fort, and then to the main event at the Araneta Coliseum at 5 p.m.

Players from the Nike-sponsored FEU Tamaraws, DLSU Green Archers, ADMU Blue Eagles, and Smart Gilas Pilipinas are expected to be at the Araneta for a demonstration game to be joined by Kobe.
Kobe will also teach players how to better improve their skills.
Source: Manila Bulletin




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