The best example of the title of this article was the recent Region 1 Athletic Association (R1AA) Meet in San Carlos City, Pangasinan where Dagupan City’s athletes pitted but prevailed with huge provincial sport's teams Pangasinan- 1, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, and cities of Laoag, Vigan, San Fernando, Alaminos, Urdaneta, and San Carlos.
Dagupan City, through the aggressive support of the sports of her Mayor Belen Fernandez , finished second best in the over-all official ranking of the R1AA Meet from the over-all champion Pangasinan- 2.
“Dagupan City was declared champion in the elementary level with 20 gold, 17 silver and 18 bronze medals and first runner-up in the secondary level with 24 gold, 21 silver and 20 bronze medals. Commissioner Finnela T. Sim of the Dagupan City Sports Commission (DCSC) disclosed that this was the first time that the elementary level clinched the championship crown and the second spot over-all in the history of R1AA,” according to the press release by the Dagupan City’s local government.
According to Schools Division Superintendent Froserfina J. Bravo, the city government’s vigorous support led by the mayor and the Dagupan City Sports Council and the Dagupan City Athletic Association inspired the athletes so much to go for gold
Bravo expressed hopes that in the next R1AA, the city will finally be on top and be known as the home of the best athletes in Region 1.
So we know why Dagupan City dusted off even bigger areas’ rivals against her limited selection of players.
All-out support from Mayor Belen
We know that if the local government gave enough financial allocation to the needs of its athletes and provide them with the best coaches and materials, the players can go places.
A good study that could be cited how students excel in sports could be found on an article “Sports Participation in Secondary Schools”.
It says that the majority of U.S. middle and high schools offer interscholastic or varsity sports involving competition between teams from different schools. Some middle and high schools offer intramural sports. Participating in school sports is an important means to increase physical activity among adolescents. This brief examines participation during the school year by secondary school students in interscholastic sports (played against teams from other schools) and intramural sports (team and individual sport activities amongst students within the same school). It shows how participation varies by schools’ socioeconomic status and available sports facilities as well as gender. (1)
As preparation for other schools that could emulate many U.S schools and the school system in Dagupan City, they can follow for starter the following observation to prepare their students on athleticism.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services suggests that children and adolescents accumulate 60 minutes of physical activity every day. It was observed however that most young people do not meet these guidelines. Further, physical activity levels tend to decline during adolescence suggesting that efforts to promote physical activity during this period are essential. Participation in organized school sports offers opportunities for students of all ages to be physically active and has been shown to help improve students’ self-esteem and psychological well-being. While participation in sports can play an important role in increasing physical activity levels as some have noted, school sports participation alone may not be sufficient to meet the current physical activity recommendations for adolescents. Therefore sports participation should not be seen as a replacement for physical education in schools but rather as a supplement to the solid foundation provided by physical education. (2)
1 Sports Participation in Secondary Schools: Resources Available and Inequalities inParticipation: http://www.bridgingthegapresearch.org/_asset/7gf1g0/btg_sports_participation_FINAL.pdf:( (Online) (Accessed February 26, 2016).