MANILA -- The NCAA will hold an All-Star Game for the first time in its century-long history as it highlights its 90th basketball season, which opens on Saturday at the MOA Arena in Pasay City.
Management Committee chair Paul Supan of host Jose Rizal University said the All-Star game is set on August 16 or right in the middle of the first and second round of elimination with the proceeds going to a preferred charitable institution that will be determined later.
"We've decided to hold it not just to encourage players to play better but also to raise funds for charity," Supan said on Tuesday's PSA Forum at the Shakey's Malate, where he was accompanied by fellow board members Peter Cayco of Arellano, Dax Castellano of St. Benilde, San Beda's Jose Mari Locsin and Jeff Tamayo of Perpetual Help.
This marks the first time that an All-Star Game will be held in the NCAA.
The closest thing to an All-Star game participation was when media giant ABS-CBN pitted the best players of the NCAA against the cream of the crop of the UAAP in a charity game for Bantay Bata 163.
But now the league is organizing its own.
"I think its about time that we hold one after all these years. The players and the NCAA community deserves it," said Supan.