In celebration of the International Deaf Day, children with hearing disabilities was treated to a football clinic at the Cebu Technological University recently. The Football Clinic for Deaf Youth was something I missed but hopefully there will be a next time!
In partnership with the Cebu City Government and the Department of Social Welfare and Services, organizations like the Gualandi Volunteer Service Program, Inc., Cebu Association of the Deaf Apostolic Mission for the Deaf, Gualandi Mission for the Deaf, Philippine and Federation of the Deaf Youth Sector have joined efforts to share the issues and needs of the deaf individuals.
The event which used to be held only within the deaf community, has expanded by exposing participants this time to the hearing community. "We want the deaf children to learn and experience the game of football," said John Paul Maunes, GVSP Program Manager. The program was facilitated by members of the Kaholeros Cebu with around 20 volunteer members
This was the second time that the group taught elementary and high school students on the basics of football. The 1st one was held last September 9, in an activity organized by the Philippine Airforce. There was also a friendly match between the volunteers and the deaf team.
A total of 250 deaf children from various centers joined in a unified aim for the inclusion of children with disability in different sports such as football. They want the deaf community children to know that their disability will not hinder them in doing what they want to do.