World Vision ambassador Derek Ramsay held a Frisbee clinic for 20 underprivileged children on November 6, at the Folk Arts Theater in Manila.
Together with three of his Frisbee acquaintances, he taught the kids, who all hail from Malabon, the fundamentals of the sport and engaged them in a match-up game.
Coming from a privileged family, Derek, an actor and a sports veteran, wants to give back by sharing his time, expertise, and passion to kids, who themselves are sports enthusiasts.
“I and many others have had it easy having a comfortable life, being able to afford an education.
"So, to be able to give an hour of my time and teach underprivileged kids a sport that I truly love, and lifting up their spirits even just for a day or an hour is very fulfilling," he said.
As a man of virtue, he believes that this kind of activity teaches children the values of perseverance and optimism.
As he said, "The value there is you never lose hope, you never give up on life no matter how hard it can be.
"There’s so much in life to look forward to.”
Claiming that it took him months to learn how to throw a forehand in Frisbee, he was surprised and impressed by how the kids were able to pick up the moves so fast.
He shared that when they teach children, "We just usually teach how to throw, we don’t go into a game right away.
"But here we have kids who can play the game after 30 minutes of basic drills.
"Pinakita mo lang kung paano gawin, nagagawa na agad nila.
"Ang kailangan na lang ituro diyan the science of the sport, the discipline.”
Derek conducted the Frisbee clinic with hopes that this endeavor will make a positive impact on the children’s lives, as well as their future.
“We’ve lifted their spirits today. They’ve found something new and have never tried.
"Now, when they go back home, there’s something they can do, they can go play with each other,” he said.
“I hope these kids will, one day, get to the level that I’ve reached in this sport or maybe in another sport.
"If it is something they want to pursue later on, I’ll be there to help them," he promised.
He then encouraged children and youth to go after their dreams, specifically in Frisbee.
“Filipinos in general seem to excel in any type of sport, even though we aren't so gifted when it comes to height.
"With Frisbee, you don’t really need height. You need to be athletic, you need to be fast, you need to have good hand and eye coordination, and these kids have it."
He stressed that nothing is impossible, not even in poverty.
"For kids who want to pursue a sport like Frisbee, go grab it.
"Don’t just sit there and dream about it, make it happen.
"It’s harder when you’re underprivileged, but it’s not impossible," he encouraged.
Lastly, he promoted sports as something that children can focus their time and efforts on, but reminded that education must be the top priority.
“Sports is a good way to get kids away from all the negativity in this world today: the drugs, the alcohol, the crimes.
"But I‘m not saying that they should just all focus on sports. Education is key.
"That’s why I am an ambassador for World Vision because in our world today, competition is too high for you to survive out there without education.
"World Vision is giving these kids a chance to learn.”