McDonald's of Saipan still backs up All Schools track meet
“We believe in this program and what it stands for so we continue to support the annual competition,” said McDonald's Saipan owner and general manager Joe Ayuyu, who led the turnover ceremony of the $3,359.92 donation to Northern Marianas Athletics for the 2011 PSS/McDonald's All Schools Athletics Championships
The championship will take place on May 6 and 7 at the Oleai Sports Complex track and field facility with both the public and elementary schools competing in running, throwing, and jumping events. The All Schools meet will feature contest in the elementary, junior high school, and high school divisions.
“This is the breeding ground for future track stars of the CNMI. Athletes excelling in this competition give the CNMI pride when they go out in off-island tournaments or play for collegiate teams. With this in mind, we want to continue our commitment with NMA and their successful program,” Ayuyu said.
McDonald's store manager and Ayuyu's wife, Marcia, who was also present at the donation ceremony in Middle Road yesterday, added the All Schools meet gives student-athletes something to look forward to every May.
“It keeps them busy after school and gives them a sense of pride, as they compete with other students whether they win or lose. We love to watch them compete next month and inspire them as we help out in giving the awards,” Marcia Ayuyu said.
“We congratulate parents and coaches-teachers for getting these student-athletes involved in this competition. We also thank them for their dedication and support to our young athletes,” she added.
NMA for its part expressed its deep gratitude to McDonald's Saipan, which has been the association's partner for the All Schools meet since 2004.
“It's been a pleasure and honor working with McDonald's and their generous management and helpful staff. Their assistance helps us maintain this kind of program for our future athletes,” NMA developmental coach Elias Rangamar said.
NMA president Ramon Tebuteb, who joined Rangamar and board member Gordon Marciano in the turnover ceremony, said majority of the donation will be used to purchase equipment, particularly for field events.
Tebuteb and Rangamar added they are looking for volunteers for the two-day championship, as they are expecting hundreds of student-athletes next month.
“We are expected a bigger turnout than last year. Also, we are encouraging schools to bring in as many athletes as they can, as we want everyone to be part of this program. We've seen several new talents and we know there are more students out there who can make the grade and impress us,” Rangamar said.
Reporter Roselyn Monroyo