The 82nd season of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines may have not received a proper send-off due to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic but it still brought memorable moments to the country’s sporting community.
Season 82 host Ateneo launched an interactive yearbook to celebrate each moment, Friday morning.
Fans can access the first-of-its-kind UAAP yearbook through this link.
“The year 2020 turned out to be a year like no other. Not only did it affect student-athletes, coaches, and the staff of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines, but the rest of high school, collegiate, and professional sports. Needless to say, it was an unprecedented time for the entire world,” said UAAP Season 82 President Emmanuel Fernandez of Ateneo.
“For Season 82 of the UAAP, what started out as an exciting season turned out to be the shortest one in recent history. However, it will also be remembered for the amazing performances displayed by our most promising student-athletes,” he continued.
“They did give their All For More in each and every game, and for both the graduating students and the undergrads, it is plain to see that there’s even more that they can give of themselves in the years to come. After all, the students of Season 82 know more than any other batch that because they had less time to play, the passion in their hearts can only keep burning.”
Videos and galleries from UAAP Season 82’s opening ceremony which took place on September 1, 2019 up to the last game day of the season on March 9 are collated in the book. Also featured are the activities done by the eight member schools to help out the affected communities of the pandemic.
Also in the yearbook are unique features, a list of all the gold medalists, and a tribute to the student-athletes who were unable to play in their respective events.
“May you enjoy the stories that each page tells as a testimony to what our best student-athletes have achieved and will continue to achieve,” continued Fernandez.
“With you, we are one in hoping that All For More transcends last year’s theme, but becomes a way forward for the future — one that we can all celebrate together.”