By Gabriel G. Malagar
CEBU CITY— The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) Coaches’ Commission in Central Visayas will hold an SBP Coaches’ Accreditation Workshop & Clinic on July 28-29 at the PAREF-Springdale gym in Lahug.
The clinic will be from 8 am to 4 pm.
Jong Uichico, national coach of the Gilas Pilipinas will lead the event with other SBP coaches, including Cebuano Jim Ryan Betia.
Betia is formerly with the University of San Carlos Warriors and currently a member of the coaching staff of the Far Eastern University Tamaraws.
Rico Navarro, SBP Central Visayas director and also the athletic director of the Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu, said the event expects to gather at least 50 participants, including basketball fans, officials, physical education teachers and university students in sports enrolled in a MAPEH subject.
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