Mar 18, 2020

Jeff Cariaso initiates fund drive to support PBA game personnel

The Philippine Basketball Association has many good souls who move and take the lead in time of crisis.

Consider Alaska Milk coach Jeffrey Cariaso who pledged P100,000 to initiate a fund drive that he hopes to get rolling to help PBA personnel who are severely affected by the cancellation of PBA games.

"They complete the platform and pave the way each and every play date, said Cariaso, referring to table officials, statisticians and the likes.

"My goal is to make up for at least two months worth of wages for those individuals relying heavily on the games," he added.

And Cariaso is calling on others who like to help out the behind-the-scene heroes of the cage league.

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Aside from Cariaso, other PBA players like NLEX's Kiefer Ravena, TNT's Harvey Carey, and Meralco's Cliff Hodge and Nico Salva have also made their commitments to help those employees.

"Those without monthly salaries are our statisticians, table officials, gate keepers, entertainment personnel, and our parking and operations personnel. These individuals are the hard-working people behind the scenes that allow players and team to showcase what we do best," said Cariaso.

While players and coaches are guaranteed of their wages stipulated in their playing contracts, on-call PBA personnel rely on game day allowances. (SB/RL)