It’s a homecoming of sorts for Kobe Paras and Thirdy Ravena as they take part in Chooks-to-Go and the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas’ historic bid for a pair of world records this weekend in Cebu.
Playing the halfcourt game growing up, the pair of young stars are proud to grace the event as over 2,000 children are set to simultaneously play 3×3 basketball at Sisters of Mary Boystown in Minglanilla and Girlstown in Talisay.
“Growing up, three-on-three talaga ang nilalaro ko,” said Ravena.
“It’s truly an honor to be part of something historic,” chimed Paras. “Growing up in 3×3, this brings a lot of memories for me.”
Since then, the two have gone on great lengths in their careers while also dipping their toes in 3×3.
Paras won the gold in the Slam Dunk event in the 2015 Fiba 3×3 Under-18 Championship as he represented the country in various 3×3 tournaments.
On the other hand, Ravena had chance to suit up in the 2013 Fiba Under-16 3×3 World Cup in Jakarta.
Now, they will be front and center in the staging as Chooks-to-Go and the SBP aim to break the record for most participants simultaneously playing 3×3, as well as the biggest Fiba-sanctioned event during the two-day event in the Queen City of the South.
“Now that it’s a growing sport and an Olympic event, talagang dream come true ito for us,” said Ravena.
“I’m just excited to make history for all of you,” said Paras. “It’s going to be fun. Just seeing them experience 3×3 on a whole different level is going to be an amazing experience for someone like me who grew up in this sport. It’s all for the kids.”