THE Northern Mariana Islands Basketball Federation and Tan Holdings are teaming up to host a new basketball competition, the 2022 Marianas Village Cup.
Tournament commissioner and NMIBF director Irish Pagarao said the Marianas Village Cup will feature matches in the boys U18 division and the women’s open and that they plan to open the competition the first week of October. The NMIBF will host the tournament with Tan Holdings as its sponsor, as the event is one of many sports competitions the company is supporting to celebrate its 50th anniversary this year.
Organizers are considering 12 teams in the men’s U18 division and six in the women’s open. After registration, each squad will randomly choose (by draw) the name of the village team they will wear. Teams will also receive a free jersey, which features each village’s flags that were unveiled as part of the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisers’ Marianas Village Pride project in June.
“For now, we will assign a village name to each team. However, we hope this tournament will help encourage village leaders, coaches and other stakeholders to form and support their own village team in near future so that we can have a competition similar to the inter-village league before,” Pagarao added.
NMIBF President James Lee said the Marianas Village Cup will be a good place to identify talent and for NMIBF member clubs to begin engaging potential village partners.
“We are delighted to include the Marianas Village Cup on our calendar of events this year as part of our ongoing efforts to encourage Village stakeholders to participate in promoting and supporting sports programs for residents, especially our young people. We started with ‘Bola’ going to the villages to hold clinics and now we are partnering with Tan Holdings for the Marianas Village Cup, which in the future we hope to have matches on the outdoor grounds of the various NMI villages “said Lee. .
The matches of the first Marianas Village Cup will be played every Saturday and Sunday only at the TSL Sports Complex to make way for the inter-school league matches scheduled on weekdays.
Merlie Tolentino, executive director of the Tan Siu Lin Foundation – the charitable arm of Tan Holdings – said the company was delighted to support the Marianas Village Cup and its concept of having teams named after NMI villages to promote the identity of each village.
To register or for more information on the Marianas Village Cup, contact Irish Pagarao at (670) 285-1138 or email [email protected]/.
For announcements and other details about the Marianas Village Cup, visit the NMIBF Facebook page at NMIBasketballFederation or its Instagram account at nmibasketball.