After igniting success in Adamson University’s basketball, cheerdance and volleyball programs, Akari now hopes to light up the high school volleyball scene through the 2018 Akari National High School Volleyball Championships.
With the goal of finding the best high school girls team in the entire country, the Akari Nationals will be held in different locations in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao from January to March 2018.
Around 240 teams are expected to participate in the inaugural event with the top squads from Metro Manila, Northern Luzon, Central Luzon, Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao booking a ticket to the National Finals.
The winner of the National Finals will receive a grand prize of Php 100, 000.00 and will be recognized as the first Akari National champions.
“We hope to find the best talent in the Philippines through this tournament,” said national tournament commissioner Jerry Yee, unarguably one of the best volleyball minds in the country right now. “Maybe we could see the next Alyssa Valdez, Jaja Santiago, Jema Galanza, Mika Reyes, Jia Morado and Kim Fajardo. Nothing is impossible.”
Yee will oversee the tournament, with noted regional coordinators also helping out in legs that will be held in Cagayan de Oro (January 13-14), Iloilo City (January 20-21), Sta. Rosa, Laguna (January 27-28), Baguio City (February 3-4), Angeles City (February 10-11), and Quezon City and Manila (February 24-25 and March 3-4).
“Akari is taking steps to not just help the Adamson sports program, but also to cultivate volleyball at the grassroots level,” Yee added. “Student-athletes nowadays are very blessed to have such brand backing their growth as players.”
Registration is still open for Visayas, Southern Luzon, Northern Luzon, Central Luzon and Metro Manila. Interested parties can get in touch with the following coordinators:
Metro Manila: Joyce Palad, 09189448490
Northern Luzon: Sherry Ann Floresca, 09507480405
Central Luzon: Benj Angga, 09338658721
Southern Luzon: Lerma Giron, 09178710856
Visayas: Ruding Villaruz, 09179221136