Ezequiel Gils of Rice University in Houston, Texas, United States believes that the Philippines can produce a tennis star in the future. He was one of the three United States National Collegiate Athletic Association (U.S. NCAA) Division I coaches who trained Filipino junior tennis players at the DreamBig Gold Series Tennis Camp.
A total of 20 young athletes participated in the DreamBig Gold Series Tennis Camp at Manila Polo Club in Makati City, Metro Manila, Philippines from January 11-12, 2020. They were given the rare opportunity to undergo extensive, hands-on training and an insight on how U.S. colleges run their athletic programs from Gils and his fellow U.S. NCAA coaches USA, Rob Raines of Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, USA and Jesse Frieder from Boston University in Boston, Massachusetts, USA.
“Manila has the facilities and the weather, Gils said. “You can work on having good fitness. This country surely has the possibility of having a champion someday.”
Gils, Raines and Frieder were impressed with the campers and their eagerness to learn. According to the coaches, almost all the players showed potential to play at the Division I level.
“It’s more mindset than perhaps even resources,” Gils said. “Having someone who is hungry as a child, and I mean hungry to learn, is crucial. We need somebody who wants to be better today than they were yesterday regardless of what their floor is in terms of talent and athletic ability.”
DreamBig Events founder and CEO Akshay Maliwal said the events company is bringing in more camps and tournaments for tennis, golf and soccer in 2020. This will give local junior athletes the opportunity to be discovered by Division I US universities coaches who can help them reach their personal goals and the country’s dream to have Filipino players compete at the international stage.
One of the Filipino junior tennis players who participated in the camp was Sebastien Lhuillier, 16, son of Bea Lucero Lhuillier, 47, won a bronze medal in taekwondo in the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. Read more about the coaches’ insights on Conan Daily.
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