Tinian students receive badminton equipment

Posted on Feb 22 2021


Tinian Junior Senior High School principal Dionne Santos, standing third left, is joined by some of their students and parents for a group photo during the donation turnover ceremony of badminton equipment for Tinian schools early this month in San Jose, Tinian. Also in the photo is Northern Marianas Badminton Association general secretary Cristy Villaflor. (Contributed photo)

TINIAN—Northern Marianas Badminton Association donated equipment to Tinian students as part of its continued efforts to introduce the sport in schools.

NMBA general secretary Cristy Villaflor and national team players Nate Guerrero, Nicole Malasarte, Jordan and Janelle Pangilinan, and Ezekiel and Daniel Macario turned over 10 rackets and two sets of shuttlecock tubes each to Tinian Elementary School and Tinian Junior Senior High School early this month.

Dionne Santos, principal of Tinian Junior Senior High School, received the donation on behalf of the Stallions and Tinian Elementary School principal Lou Connie Manglona. Some Tinian Junior Senior High School joined Santos at the donation turnover ceremony last Feb. 6, as the event coincided with the Shuttle Time session that NMBA conducted at the Tinian Youth Center in San Jose.

“We’re extremely grateful to NMBA for this donation and for giving our students and our youth the opportunity to learn a new sport. We’ve been playing softball, baseball, basketball, and soccer here and the more sports we play, the better for our youth. We hope that this donation and the clinic [Shuttle Time] that NMBA conducted will kick start the potential of badminton on Tinian,” Santos said.

CNMI national player Daniel Macario, right, teaches Emmanuel Cruz how to properly hold a badminton racket during a Shuttle Time session on Tinian early this month. (Contributed photo)

NMBA, through Badminton Oceania and Badminton World Federation, donated the equipment about a week after face-to-face classes resumed on the island, so Manglona said the timing is perfect.

“The donation of rackets and shuttlecocks from NMBA will greatly enhance our offerings of sports activities here at Tinian Elementary School. Our first grade teacher, Celina Farrell, an avid badminton player, was excited to see we have equipment for the sport. She has taken the lead to coach badminton to her first graders and offer an after-school badminton program,” Manglona said.

“We hope to continue this collaboration and see more opportunities for the association to offer more Shuttle Time to our students and our staff. From our Colts family, we thank the NMBA,” she added.

Fourth grader Emmanuel Cruz, one of the students that attended Shuttle Time, said that with NMBA’s donation, his classmates and friends who missed the badminton clinic, will have a chance to play in school.

“We can play together and I can show them how to hit the shuttlecock,” Cruz said.

Meanwhile, NMBA president Merlie Tolentino thanked Badminton Oceania and Badminton World Federation for supporting their efforts to offer badminton to students from all three islands. She added that making badminton as an after-school program or including the sport in physical education classes does not only give NMBA and the CNMI the opportunity to discover and develop talents, but also encourages children to stay healthy and active. (PR)

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