By Leobert Julian A. de la Peña
The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas just named Jack Animam as their first-ever Women Basketball Ambassador.
Fresh off a dominant championship-clinching campaign as an import in Taiwan, Animam also posted a historical collegiate hoop career after finishing an impressive record of 96-0 from the National University (NU) to the Shih Hsin University.
“Jack has been a blessing for women’s basketball here in the Philippines and we’re happy to have her front-and-center for the SBP’s Women in Basketball program,” said SBP President Al Panlilio.
As SBP’s first Women Basketball Ambassador, Animam is expected to lead and become a role model to the current and younger generation of aspiring Filipina basketball players.
The SBP also continues to promote FIBA’s “Women in Basketball” program and aims to increase gender diversity in the sport and to help improve the women’s knowledge as players and coaches.
“Aside from winning five straight championships in the UAAP, what really sets Jack apart was that she was always available when the country needed her services on the international stage may it be for 3×3 or five on five,” shared Panlilio.
Aside from acting as the Filipina’s basketball role model, Animam will also spearhead some activities and drives together with the SBP.
“We know how passionate she is about elevating Filipina basketball players by giving them a bigger stage and that’s why she’s perfect for the role,” added Panlilio.