Unlimited support from patrons propels NU Pep Squad back to top

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNational University had won the UAAP Cheerdance Competition title for four straight years from 2013 to 2016 that when the title suddenly disappeared from its grasp in 2017, it bore a hole that took a year to be filled back.But in just a year, NU Pep Squad was finally able to return to the top and team captain Kevin Lacbong said it was the product of the unwavering support their coaches and management gave them.ADVERTISEMENT Lacbong said the higher-ups in the team made sure to tend to their every need and it was up to them to return the favor and ultimately win the prize that has left them in 2017.“They’ve supported us all the way through, they made sure that our everyday needs were met, they made sure we were eating right, they housed us in a condominium and not a lot of athletes are given that privilege,” said Lacbong in Filipino Saturday at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“Whatever skill we had, they made sure that we will improve on that.”Lacbong, a fourth year student in NU’s Bachelor of Physical Education, Sports and Wellness Management program, even said that they can confidently say that the program has grown to be the best in the country. “I can say that this is the best team in the Philippines, and probably in Asia because this is such a strong team,” said Lacbong, who is also a Dean’s Lister in NU.Team Manager Mark Gaw said half the team is comprised of Dean’s Listers in their respective majors.Head coach Ghicka Bernabe added that they’re focusing on the team not just in the level of the players’ physical prowess but also in their capabilities in the classroom.“We always monitor their grades, we have academic coaches, we have tutors for them and we don’t tolerate bad grades,” said Bernabe in Filipino. “It’s a competition to the team they make sure their grades are high and we really appreciate that they’re putting a priority on their studies.”Gaw said that their first focus in helping the players is the student part of the “student-athlete.”ADVERTISEMENT Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college View comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal “Our emphasis on an NU student-athlete is the student part and we make sure to give them time off from training to ponder on things and of course we make sure that they have the resources,” said Gaw.Lacbong added that even though they’ve received great support from their coaches and the team’s management, they made sure to stay grounded and continue improving.“The coaches taught us that our feet should always be on the ground and that we should always be eager in improving our skills,” said Lacbong.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:412 buses bound for SEA Games opening collide in Bulacan07:01In front of hometown crowd, Carlos Yulo captures SEA Games gold02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Azkals scramble to 2nd win in Suzuki Cup Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READlast_img

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