Pediatrica’s Tropang Growee and the Philippine Taekwondo Association will launch the Mindanao Series Taekwondo Grand Prix in key cities in Mindanao kicking off with a first leg on April 4 at SM in Cagayan de Oro City.
The next stop is on April 8 in Gen.Santos City, followed by the third swing on April 15 in Davao City. Davao will also play host to the finals on April 19.
One year supply of Growee multivitamins, medals and uniforms will be awarded to the winners as incentive to the participating winners.
What made the tournament more attractive is that the boys and girls champions will be sent to a tournament in Korea for an exposure, a first in the history of taekwondo development in the island.
PTA regional director Johnny Kim said they expect all players in the island to compete in the three legs to get a chance to earn a slot to Korea. “Everybody can join, but we will send only three boys and three girls,” said Kim, who is very thankful to Z-Plus for supporting the project.
He said this is the first time that players will be sent Korea.
Kim has been bringing Davao and Mindanao players for tougher competitions in Manila and other areas despite the expenses but the burden became lighter when Z-Plus came in to give Mindanao players to play outside the country.
He said he wanted the players to experience how taekwondo is being taught in his native land.
“I am very proud of our Mindanao players,” he said on Monday night’s press conference at Kasagingan.
Kim said that they will first experiment bringing 13 years old and under players and hopefully send 18 years old and below athletes next time.
Pediatrica’s Darwin Cruz said Z-Plus and Growee multivitamins are being promoted to young kids because will improve the performance of the athletes.