Del Rosario Excited to Bring Football for Peace to Zamboanga

The Loyola Meralco Sparks and Green Archers United will head down south to Zamboanga on Friday for their second round battle in the 2016 UFL League. Besides fighting for their rankings, both teams will also conduct football clinics as part of the “Football for Peace” initiative.

The campaign aims to use the sport of football to divert the attention of more than 200 kids away from the prevalent environment of violence in conflict zones.

“I’m looking forward to going out there – sharing our football to the rest of the country. I think they should have games all over the country like Cebu, Bacolod and all the main football areas as well. It’s nice to be going down especially for this cause – Football for Peace,” he said.

The September 30 encounter against Green Archers will be the first ever UFL match played outside of Metro Manila, and Del Rosario hopes it will become a more regular occurrence.

“I can’t wait to get out of the city and play football. There’s so much support for football outside Manila and Makati. Most of the knowledge here is basketball, basketball, basketball. But then, you go outside, you go to the province, there’s a lot for football and hopefully, when the kids see that, it inspires them to want to play more and to want to get to another level,” he added.

Like the rest of the squad, the veteran footballer is eager to interact with the children in Zamboanga, and he hopes to make a lasting impact over the course of the three-day visit.

“It’s huge for football. It’s all about inspiring these kids and touching the grass roots, making them dream one day they can be in our shoes.”

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