“Change is inevitable, Growth is intentional”

This best summarizes our experience during the three day Sports Exchange program in coordination with SPNI.  The team blueknights spent a weekend in Malandag, Malungon Sarangani province to play football and immerse in the sports community cultivated by Fr. Angel Buenavides, parish priest of St.Joseph the Worker, Diocese of Marbel.
The sports exchange program was not only for the team blueknights but for the SPNI athletes as well.  It was a shared experience for all of us.
Our sports exchange program started with atree planting activity in the parish grounds.  It was a great symbolism of the athletes planting seeds for their legacy.  After which, we proceeded to Malandag Central Elementary School where we were welcomed by presentations from their own pupils.  Games for the day were played in the afternoon.  The events of the day were capped by a film viewing and a group sharing where the participants shared their dreams and aspirations.
The second day started with a truck ride to the shrine of the Sto.Niño where a holy mass was celebrated to commemorate the fiesta celebration.  The truck ride and the trek up the shrine was really something our young blueknights shared the experience with their fellow sports exchange participants.  Several games were played with the highlight of the games saw the SPNI team of coaches and athletes  strut their stuff with their counterparts from teamblueknights.  The coaches of team blueknights showed them that they still got the skills to play with the SPNI team.  In the evening, it was all fun and games for the participants.  Parlor games were played as well as the group presentations.
A wake up call for Zumba greeted us on the third day before heading to church to hear mass.  On this day, the high school team blueknights were the volunteer game officials.  The under-15 boys and girls teams officiated the remaining morning games.  Before heading home, two members of teamblueknights expressed their thanks and learnings from the three-day event.  Patty Francisco and Christian Pajel were one in saying that the sports exchange program can help them become better individuals with the experience they had.
Initiatives like this is a sure sign that changes are coming.  The challenge lies in making the impact of this changes grow.