Friday, October 22, 2010

Kid athletes win in Tiger EnerGames, a virtual game competition

As 2010's Youth Olympics in Singapore kicked off the launch of its virtual games called the Odyssey, an online platform for sports competitions such as archery and swimming, the sports world is tapping into the virtual realm to encourage more people to be more active.  Kids nowadays are getting more hooked to digital technologies. Tomorrow’s athletes might soon be battling in a slew of virtual sports competitions. 

Kids participating in the Tiger EnerGames finals might just be our country’s very first virtual Olympic envoys. The competition was held at the SMX Convention Center on September 9, 2010.

Emerging from various cities all over Manila, the best of 10,240 kids who participated in the eliminations round were all set to compete in Nintendo Wii sports contests such as basketball, tennis, boxing, cycling, and fencing. From morning until the afternoon, the 30 schools all vied for the top spots for the Cubs and Tigers divisions. Only the best in each game/division came out victorious. 

Drew Arellano, one of the hosts

“One cannot deny the numerous benefits athletic activities have among children,” notes Frenissa Lagman, Assistant Brand Manager for Tiger. “Apart from the physical aspect, it also encourages the values of teamwork, sportsmanship, and excellence among our young.”

With more and more children being drawn into virtual gaming, the Tiger EnerGames has made physical activity relevant again to kids.  Sponsored by Tiger, a great-tasting biscuit containing Enermaxx – a combination of essential vitamins and minerals that helps give kids the extra energy they need, the competition highlighted the importance of finding ways to combine fun and movement together.

“In the past, kids used to engage in street games – running, jumping, playing ball. But with the advent of digital games, today’s young are too distracted to even bother playing outside anymore,” shares Lagman. 

“With Tiger EnerGames, we hope to lead children back into the world of fitness and activity, while developing social ties with their peers.” Virual games help children be more active.

The Futkal (Futbol sa Kalye) group also taught children at the event the basics of football. Futkal was formed to bring out the best in children by teaching them the value of Sports and life while detaching themselves from just loitering in the streets that can hamper their life and their future. Check out their Facebook Fan Page: Futbol sa Kalye.

FUTKAL is headed by Peter Bernard Amores, Hadi Opeña Rushdy, Shereef Villanueva

(Clockwise from left)  Hadi Opeña Rushdy, Shereef Villanueva, Peter Bernard Amores, 
Me, Charl Sapina,

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