There was a lot of action and news in various sports over the week, and again, preparation for the upcoming 6th Micronesian Games made headlines.
The Micronesian Games Organizing Committee received an injection to its coffers as public relations and government affairs general manager Cecile Bamba Suda and Mobil Oil Mariana Islands, Inc. I & W territory manager Lucas Salii presented MGOC vice chairman Rex Palacios a check for $15,000 in the conference room of the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium.
SaipanCell Communications also extended their helping hand, providing the MGOC with 25 Motorola Push-To-Talk phones and airtime, with customer service manager Pauline A. Johnson, prepaid sales assistant James K. Lee, and corporate sales manager Jiashen Huang making the presentation to a number of committee members at SaipanCell headquarters in Gualo Rai.
The road got better as organizers of the upcoming Family Fun Day at the LaoLao Bay Golf Resort confirmed donating all proceeds of its golf tournament, an expected $3,000-$4,000, to the Micro Games. The event will also feature a Micro Games Cross Country run, with proceeds also going to the MGOC.
Also, crewmen of the Department of Public Works began constructing a concrete grandstand at the Francisco M. Palacios Baseball Field. A similar grandstand will be constructed at the Miguel B. Pangelinan Softball Field, with each project expected to take two weeks for completion.
Division of Sports and Recreation director Joe Lizama also disclosed that volunteers from the MDX Amateur Radio Group will be painting the interior of the Gilbert C. Ada Gymnasium, with paint again being donated by Sherwin Williams Paint Store.
The high-rising west wall of the Ada Gym is also shaping up as local artist Luis Ogo and his crew continue work on their mural, which is expected to be completed by the end of May or the first week of June.
Also, the Saipan Bowling Association and Northern Mariana Islands Football Association held openings of their new office located at the Marianas Visitors Authority building in Oleai.
Meanwhile, the Northern Youth Basketball Association cage league and the Filipino Community Church Inaugural Inter-Color Basketball League hit their playoff stages, while regular season action in the 7th Annual Spring Co-ed Four’s Beach Volleyball League continued at the Pacific Islands Club.