As a nation, we, Filipinos are known for our love in basketball. The controversial brawl on July 2 between Gilas Pilipinas and Australia during the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup may have apalled the crowd, both national and international, but the heroic effort of Troy Rike, the youngest player in Gilas Pilipinas, can turn the tide for the national team.
Amidst the dispute between sportsmanship and violence that further escalates the divide, Troy Rike chose to side with kindness. He was seen shielding Australia’s Chris Goulding, who was down on the floor, from the mobbing fans. Commending Rike’s actions, the president of Bounty Agro Ventures Inc., Ronald Mascarinas handed a check amounting to P100,000.
Upon receipt, Rike split the incentive and gave it to a Filipino and Australian charities which are the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute and World Vision Philippines. Troy hopes that this will “bring people together and give people something to cheer for because that is what basketball is all about”.
This action hopes to bring the incident at hindmost and spark an act of kindness as the damage has been done. And as the Filipino proverb articulates, “Kapag binato ka ng bato, batuhin mo ng tinapay.”