BEING the Kuya inside Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3’s ‘Calambubble’ last October, Chico Lanete made sure to be the example to the youth-laden league.
And for being a role model, the Games and Amusements Board (GAB) honored the 41-year-old with the Professional Basketball Sportsmanship Award during agency’s second Professional Sports Summit on Saturday.
“Being professional players also has responsibilities. This includes being a good example to the amateurs and to the youth,” said GAB Chairman Abraham ‘Baham’ Mitra.
“Chico and Erven [Silverie] exemplified that during their respective league’s bubbles.”
For his part, Lanete is honored to have been bestowed with the citation.
“Special ito sa akin kasi matagal na rin ako dito sa basketball. Nakita ko na ang lahat kaya kailangan kong maging example para sa mga susunod natin na players,” said Lanete, a 14-year-pro who played for Uling Roasters-Butuan during the 2020 Chooks-to-Go Pilipinas 3×3 President’s Cup powered by TM.
Silverie, a 5-on-5 pro in the National Basketball League, plays for La Union Power. All throughout the NBL season, he has been lauded for his character which led to him winning the league’s Huwarang Homegrown Player award.