Mahindra unveils modern practice facility
Mahindra raised the ante for the rest of the PBA teams when it inaugurated its brand-new training facility Saturday inside the lush Azure Urban Resort and Residences in Bicutan. Paranaque City.
Present was the entire Mahindra ballclub led by Board of Governor Jose Alvarez, also chairman of the Columbian Group of Companies, who personally led the unveiling of ‘The Hardcourt,’ which now serves as the new home of the Enforcers.
The structure houses modern equipment and amenities that follows the standards of the International Basketball Federation (FIBA). It features Porter basketball backboards that are commonly used in the NBA and rubber padded maple-flooring designed to prevent players from incurring on-court injuries.
Alvarez said the facility reflects the Columbian Group of Companies’ continued support to the Enforcers, now in their second season in Asia’s first ever play-for-pay league. It also reinforces the firm’s campaign for a dynamic basketball community ready to gain regional and global recognition.
Team manager Eric Pineda noted the Enforcers are just one of the few PBA teams which has its own training facility.
“We are extremely proud to be one of the few PBA teams with an exclusive training facility. The team is looking forward to use the facility to improve its basketball skills,” he said.
Playing-coach Manny Pacquiao planned to attend the inaugural from General Santos City, but was not allowed by trainer Freddie Roach as the boxing superstar needed to spar for the last time before leaving for the USSaturday night for the remaining weeks of his training for his April 9 bout with Tim Bradley.
But the Enforces got support from around the league as present during the afternoon affair were Blackwater Board of Governor Siliman Sy, Tropang TNT assistant team manager Magnum Membrere, Smart Sports senior project specialist Yvette Ruiz, and media bureau chief Willie Marcial, representing the PBA Commissioner’s Office.
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