Student-Athletes Grateful to LPU-C’s Support During the Pandemic

Athletic scholarship is one of the most distinguished types of financial aid awarded to deserving student- athletes. Students who would like to apply for this scholarship must meet certain requirements like grades, good moral character, and excellent athletic performance. By competing in collegiate sports, they learn valuable life skills such as cooperation, leadership, and time management. Engaging in sports also help in developing one’s positive attitude towards self- improvement, discipline, goal setting, self-esteem, and camaraderie. The setbacks and shortcomings that student- athletes encounter can also help them learn how to deal with stress and cope with wins and losses.

LPU- Cavite focuses on a holistic educational and character-building experience which helps student- athletes succeed in life. During the COVID 19 pandemic, the LPU management’s top priority is to provide the student- athletes with excellent physical and mental condition. From the food they eat, their workouts, and lifestyles. Apart from involving themselves to physical and mental activities, they are also busy with their social growth and development.

Ms. Mary Rose Mojica, Head of the Athletics Department and also one of the coaches, assists the athletes in developing their full potential. She is responsible for training athletes in sports by analyzing their performances, instructing relevant skills, and providing encouragements. The student- athletes were also guided by the other coaches to be active during the quarantine and must observe solidarity, community and team spirit.

Staying connected with the student- athletes is one of the most important support that a school can offer during this difficult time, while maintaining physical distancing and using technology. After the sports seasons were cancelled due to the pandemic, the student- athletes were provided with free board and lodging ensuring that they are physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually nurtured. The student-athletes are grateful and thankful to the University President, Atty. Roberto P. Laurel and the Vice President for Administration and Registrar, Ms. Maria Teresa O. Pilapil for the unwavering support and guidance that they have given them.

LPU- Cavite management wants them to have a positive, far-ranging experience. Student- athletes are nurtured when it comes to their well- being. The school ensures that they are prepared for a lifetime success in all of their pursuits.

The university has a total of 150 student- athletes and some of them are natives of Davao del Norte ,Mactan Cebu, Ormoc City Leyte, Misamis Oriental, Eastern Samar, Pandan Antique, Davao Oriental and Olaongapo City. They have been in constant communication with their parents, coaches and Head of the Athletics, Ms. Mary Rose Mojica.

Student-Athletes’ messages of thanks to LPU -Cavite Community:

“Una sa lahat nagpapasalamat ako sa LPU dahil di kami pinabayaan simula nagka lockdown ni isang araw di kami nagutom. Lagi kami kinakamusta kung ano na lagay namin kaya sobra akong nagpapasalamat dahil napunta ako sa LPU kaya napaka thankful ko po na napunta ako sa LPU at nag papasalamat ako na naging part ako ng LPU dahil tinuring kami nila na pamilya kaya ganun nalang kalaki  ang respeto ko sa LPU kasi di kami nila pinabayaan sa panahon ng crisis.”- Regie C. Ayon- Eastern Samar

“Mula ng nagsimula po yung quarantine hindi po kami pinabayaan ng LPU,hindi po kame nagutom at lagi po nila kaming kinakamusta at chinicheck po nila lagi ang kalagayan namen sa dorm kaya po thankful po kami sa LPU kahit may ganitong crisis ay hindi po kami pinapabayaan.”-Franze Joelie Marcelino- Olangapo City

“Malaki ang pasasalamat ko sa LPU kasi simula nung nagka lockdown sila yung tumutulong sa amin sa pangangailangan ko dito sa dorm, sila yung nagbibigay ng pagkain sakin araw araw. Hindi nila ako pinabayaan at alam nila na malayo ako sa pamilya ko kaya sila yung nagsisilbing pamilya ko dito. Sobrang laking naitulong nila sakin nung mag simula ang lockdown di man lang ako nakaramdam ng gutom kasi may pagkain palagi na binibigay ang lpu”.- Khen Caduyac- Misamis Oriental

 “Natulungan po kami sa pag provide po ng LPU ng food at shelter (dorm) during this pandemic,kahit mahirap man ang sitwasyon na hindi kami nakauwi sa mga bahay namin. Kinukumusta rin kami lagi kung ano na kalagayan namin dito sa dorm. Thankful po ako sa tulong po na naibigay nila sa amin. Hindi  po kami pinabayaan at ramdam ko po yung “family culture” ng LPU.”-Michael Vincent Barcelo- Ormoc City, Leyte

“Una sa lahat nagpapasalamat po ako kay God kasi di nya ako pinabayaan at dito nya ako dinala sa LPU na tinuring ko nang pamilya ang mga teammates and coaches ko at sa iba pang bumubuo , sobrang thankful ako dahil dito ako napunta at di lang sa basketball ako maraming natutunan pati narin sa buhay at dahil yan sa LPU lalo na ngayun sa crissi  ito dito ko nakita na di nila kami pinabayaan lalo na sa ganitong kahirap na sitwasyon mas lalo pa nila kami sinosuportahan.”- Gyle Montaño – Mactan Cebu

“ Una sa lahat nag papasalamat ako ni god dahil dinala niya ako dito sa LPU at makapag aral ng libre at naramdaman ko yung pag mamahal katulad ng aking mga magulang sa mga teammates ko at coaches at sa mga bumubuo, tinuring ko silang pangalawang pamilya subrang nag papasalamat ako dito ako napunta dahil di lang sa  basketball ako maraming natutunan pati narin sa outside the court dahil yan sa  LPU lalo na ngayun sa sitwasyon natin dito ko talaga nakita na di nila kami pinabayaan mas lalo pa nila kami sinosuportahan maraming salamat po ulit LPU-C.”-Jerolan Omandac- Tagum City, Davao del Norte

“Days before the quarantine was announced, I was reluctant to travel back home and decided not to, since the outbreak of the virus is quite serious, and it got thinking maybe I might get infected whatsoever during my travel. Days later, the government implemented a lockdown and I was forced to stay in the dorm. The first couple of weeks was kinda still normal for me. My daily routine was getting up at 8 am, doing some exercises while waiting for the food to be delivered by LPU-C. Food provided by LPU-C was for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, every day for the first couple of weeks of lockdown. Weeks after that, LPU-C provided money instead of the regular breakfast, lunch, dinner (i think it’s because of the shortage of supplies in the market during that time). I went to a “carenderia” near the dormitory every day until the third week of May since LPU-C started to provide food again. This quarantine made me realized a lot of things and I am truly grateful for all the support given by LPU-C during these trying times.”- Chris Maynard Ampon- Davao Oriental

“Una sa lahat gusto kong magpasalamat sa LPU Community. Sa lahat ng tulong binigay sa amin, at dahil naabutan ako ng lockdown dito sa dorm ng LPU hindi parin kami pinabayaan at patuloy na binibigyan ng suporta sa pagkain at pati sa pag- uwi namin ay ginagawa nila ang lahat. Kaya nagpapasalamat ako pati ang pamilya ko. Maraming maraming salamat LPU Community sa lahat ng tulong niyo sa akin, Hindi lang po sa akin pati sa mga kasama ko dito sa dorm na naabutan din ng lockdown. Salamat ulit sa inyong lahat LPU Community. God bless and stay safe po sa inyo.”- Ronnel Rectra- Pandan Antique

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