Day 8
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NBA FIT Week ended its nine-day run at the SM Mall of Asia today (August 15) with more fitness challenges, dance classes, running lessons, urban fitness training, nutrition and hydration seminars and basketball clinics presented by Gatorade.

Besides the increased appreciation of Metro Manilans for fitness and a healthy lifestyle – based on the attendance in NBA FIT events – NBA FIT Week also appeared to produce more Pinoy Miami Heat fans, thanks to the excitement that Miami head coach Erik Spoelstra created in malls, schools, sporting events and San Pablo City, his mother’s hometown from August 6 to 12.

Winners of the NBA FIT Fitness Challenge and the NBA basketball game called Dribble, Dish, Swish were awarded their prizes.

“NBA FIT is an excellent way to encourage kids to devote their time to active sports like basketball. I like the idea that the NBA has defined fitness not just in terms of exercising, but also eating right and choosing a healthy lifestyle,” said Grace Gacosta, a Dribble, Dish, Swish winner. Other winners were: Michael Pingol of Congressional High School in Cavite, Dexter Agabin, a business man from Quezon City; and Leolet Peralta from Las Piñas, who aims to play in the collegiate league after high school.

Day 7
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About 2,000 runners limbered up before the crack of dawn Saturday, August 14 at the SM Mall of Asia to join various race categories in the NBA FIT Fun Run. They came in various shapes, sizes, ages and genders: fitness buffs, girl friends, men’s clubs, office mates, serious runners and entire families, some with toddlers and infants in tow. All were united in their goal: to get fit, to pursue an active lifestyle and at the same time, to have fun.

The NBA FIT Fun Run on Aug. 14 at SM Mall of Asia was co-organized by the NBA and Run Rio and started at 5 a.m. with 3K, 5K and 10K distances open to participants of all ages. Each participant got a special NBA Fun Run Running Singlet and the top finishers won special prizes including NBA basketballs autographed by Coach Spoelstra, one-month membership provided by Fitness First, and other premiums sponsored by the NBA FIT Week event partners.

Winners of the 3K race were: Wennie Mauilas, 1st; Patrick Gongob, 2nd; and Lloyd Malinao, 3rd (Men’s); Mary Ann de la Cruz, 1st; Michelle de Vera, 2nd and Florida Gonzales, 3r (Women’s).

5K achievers meanwhile were: Michael Batung, 1st; Pacino Andaya, 2nd; Carlito Fantilaga, 3rd (Men’s); Serenata Saluan, 1st; Nhea Ann Barcena, 2nd and Mirasol Abad, 3rd (Women’s).

10K winners were: Alquin Bolivar, 1st; Darwin Lim 2nd and Regie Lumauag, 3rd (Men’s); Marecil Maquilan, 1st; Victoria Calma, 2nd and Agnes Afuang, 3rd (Women’s).

Day 6
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A marching band. Rock star screams. Flashing cameras. And a welcoming throng of students, teachers and countrymen.

This is what greeted Coach Erik Spoelstra as he stepped out of his van into the open quadrangle of the San Pablo Colleges today (August 12). It was his first visit ever to his mother, Elisa Celino’s hometown. And the whole town, it seems, turned out en masse to catch a glimpse of their famous local son, even if Coach Spo had been born and grew up in the States.

Coach Spo conducted a Gatorade basketball clinic among grade school children of San Pablo Colleges together with Miami Heat Assistant Coach Dave Fizdale where they taught the kids about “The Triple Threat”, a basic basketball stance that he described as “the mother of all basketball moves”. “From this stance you can dribble, pass or shoot,” he told the kids, who filled up the school gym to the rafters.

To show their appreciation for their favorite son, the City Council and San Pablo Colleges awarded Coach Spo plaques of recognition and appreciation, respectively. “You have been a source of pride and inspiration to our City; today is a very significant event for San Pablo,” a city official said.

Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas Executive Director Noli Eala, whose family owns the school, said what happened in San Pablo is “indescribable”. “It is a big thing for us to have an NBA coach who comes from the Philippines, and one from our city at that.” Coach Spo, visibly overwhelmed, thanked the San Pableños for their hospitality and the “unbelievable” welcome. “I was not expecting this. We had planned this trip for a long time and now it’s here. It’s unfortunate that my Mom couldn’t join me, but I take great pleasure in seeing all the sights and places where she grew up in,” he said.

Spoelstra said he is happy to be in San Pablo to promote NBA FIT. “I am an advocate of proper conditioning, exercise, eating right and healthy choices, and I am passionate about sharing it with everyone here. I am also passionate about learning more about my heritage, and giving back to the community. I have always been proud of my heritage and I’m proud of being Filipino.”

Coach Spo also paid a visit to the San Pablo Colleges Hospital, then visited relatives and planted trees in a special site.

Day 5
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Today (August 11), Coach Erik Spoelstra brought the gospel of fitness and basketball performance to 80 selected young athletes from the premiere collegiate leagues – 40 boys and 40 girls -- in the NBA FIT Development Camp presented by Gatorade at the Araneta Coliseum.

The young competitors from the NCAA and the UAAP learned about the physical, mental and emotional dimensions of the game from the 39-year old mentor who has coached the Heat to 90 wins and two playoff runs in his two years as the team head coach.

Jed Salaveria of the Jose Rizal Heavy Bombers said he liked the advanced training and NBA-type of coaching that he learned from the camp. “It’s both exciting and scary to be part of this camp because it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn basketball skills and drills from a well-respected coach from the NBA.”

Adamson U standout Alex Nuyles said he takes pride in being a part of the camp. “This is a different training experience. I like the high-intensity workout that we underwent.”

Day 4
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On August 10, Coach Spoelstra brought his basketball and fitness lessons to Far Eastern University and De La Salle University, two member schools of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP).

The league-leading FEU Tamaraws and the Lady Tamaraws underwent the full NBA FIT basketball and fitness clinic which consisted of group fitness exercises, Dribble, Dish, Swish and fitness challenges, a nutrition seminar from the Food Nutrition and Research Instituite (FNRI), a hydration seminar from Gatorade and Erik Spoelstra, a hiphop dance workout from Fitness First and a Gatorade basketball clinic courtesy of the Fil-Am NBA coaching celebrity who is fast gaining new fans for his Miami Heat team here.

In the afternoon, De La Salle University physical education classes benefited from the NBA FIT program, which also included dance training by renowned dance coach Mariette Basa.

Day 3
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After a rousing reception from mall goers at SM North EDSA for the first-ever NBA FIT Week in the Philippines, Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra preached his health and fitness gospel to the kids who may not have the chance to go to the malls.

“Coach Spo” visited the Manila Boys Town, a Manila city government-owned institution and facility in Parang, Marikina exclusively for Manila’s abandoned, forgotten, and voluntarily surrendered children, today (August 9) to conduct basketball clinics and fun games for some 40 kids under NBA Cares.

Spoelstra, the first NBA head coach of Filipino ancestry, said he enjoyed the afternoon with the kids aged 9 to 18 at Boys Town and was so happy to note their passion and interest in the sport.

Spoelstra along with Miami Heat assistant coach Dave Fizdale taught the kids primarily defensive basketball drills. Defence, according to Spoelstra, was the most important part of basketball.

Coach Spo will bring his basketball and fitness lessons to Far Eastern University and De La Salle University tomorrow (August 10), two member schools of the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP).

Days 1 and 2
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The first-ever NBA FIT Week in the Philippines got underway with a pair of NBA FIT Clinics at SM North EDSA on Saturday, Aug. 7 and Sunday, Aug. 8. Miami Heat head coach Erik Spoelstra led the clinic teaching the kids the importance to health and fitness.