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Chooks 3×3 proved that ‘full’ bubble is possible, says INSPIRE Academy brass

The bubble did not burst for the 2020 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 President’s Cup powered by TM.

In fact, for the two-week duration of the Philippines’ pioneering professional 3×3 league, not once was it under threat by the continuing COVID-19 crisis.

That’s all thanks to the two-way partnership between league organizer Bounty Agro Ventures, Inc. and host INSPIRE Sports Academy.

Those two organizations set all necessary healthy protocols in place before anybody even entered National U’s new campus in Calamba, Laguna — and they remained in place throughout the tournament.

“We’re really very happy and proud of Chooks-to-Go for really being able to pull this off,” beamed INSPIRE Sports Academy marketing director Lee Tajonera.

“This is the one and only ‘full’ bubble. And the most important thing we’ve seen is because of our strict implementation of health protocols, the ‘full’ bubble remained intact.”

All involved in the ‘CalamBubble’ sang the praises of INSPIRE Sports Academy, from players to broadcasters and from coaches to staffers.

At the same time, the world-class sports institution lauded the Chooks 3×3 for taking a chance on it.

“We know naman because of the pandemic, it’s so difficult to go back to the usual venues for our sporting events, so Coach E (Eric Altamirano) reached out to us,” shared JM Pilares, INSPIRE Sports Academy’s head of sales.

“Thankfully, the whole facility met all the standards of a bubble venue. Aside from the world-class facilities we have, the hotel rooms are up to par with what players expect.”

With that, Chooks 3×3 proved that a ‘full’ bubble is possible and INSPIRE Sports Academy proved it could be the host to make it possible.

All in all, this is falls in line with INSPIRE Sports Academy’s mission and vision.

“The goal of the facility is to serve athletes. We want to provide a holistic approach to their development,” said Pilares.

“On top of the world-class facilities, we have programs for different sports. It’s really a one-stop-shop to avail of these services athletes need to maximize their full potential.”

INSPIRE Sports Academy hopes that the ‘CalamBubble’ is just the start for them.

“We’re really just scratching the surface. We’re already constructing more facilities,” said Tajonera before mentioning that swimming pools and tennis courts would soon join the basketball, volleyball, and badminton courts, alongside the football and futsal fields already there. “If you’re an athlete, you’re not just going to train in world-class facilities — you’ll also have sport science programs to support it.”

And thanks to Chooks 3×3, Tajonera and Pilares know full well that they are now on the radar of teams and athletes, from the national to club levels, and from collegiate teams to individuals just wanting to be better.

“I believe we will have more invites and inquiries coming soon because of the success of the Chooks-to-Go bubble.”

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