OKBet-MPBL offers opportunities

MPBL founder Manny Pacquiao claims that the league is not just about a battle for on-court supremacy. Photo courtesy of MPBL

The OKBet-Maharlika Pilipinas Basketball League is not just about the battle for regional supremacy.

More importantly, the partnership between OKBet and MPBL was forged in their desire to help spur economic development by providing opportunities to players and livelihood to all local government units taking part in the regional tournament.

And by providing free basketball clinics, OKBet-MPBL can take pride in inspiring the youth to dream big in the hope that they become big stars someday.

During the opening of the league last Saturday at the Quezon Convention Center in Lucena City, former senator and MPBL founder Manny Pacquiao expressed his gratitude to OKBet, the league’s title sponsor, for its continuous support in providing sustainable opportunities to aspiring Filipino sportsmen and developing the local competitive scene.

“The MPBL had truly changed a lot since its inaugural season. But its goal of giving joy to basketball-loving Filipinos as well as opportunities to our players, coaches and staff, especially the homegrown, remain unchanged,” Pacquiao said.
Along with the renewal of OKBet and MPBL’s sponsorship deal came new opportunities for the Filipino sports community, as the gaming firm promised to continue its “Play It Forward” campaign.

This initiative, which was launched late last year, aims to promote sports development at the grassroots level through partnerships with different institutions, communities, and local government units.

In an interview, OKBet brand manager Alex Barcela said that the company will keep enlisting the help of MPBL players and coaching staff to host more basketball camps for aspiring talents.

The continuous sponsorship also helps the league provide career opportunities to over 600 players, team staff, and officiating personnel across different regions in the country, serving as a sustainable source of income for hundreds of Filipino families.

With the help of OKBet, MPBL returned from nationwide lockdown due to the Covid-19 pandemic with much success, enjoying high ratings and reaching at least 12 million in total viewers.

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