Yesterday morning, my daughter and I were at the 2014 Alaska Summer Football Festival in Alabang Country Club.  This is the culminating event of the annual Alaska Summer Football Power Alaska Summer Football Festival 2014Camps by Makati Football Club and Alabang Football School.

This is my daughter’s second football tournament of the year. However, unlike the Coca-Cola Football Festival a few weeks ago, a more competitive event attended by thousands of children belonging to various football clubs and schools from all over the Philippines, this tournament is more scaled down. It is only for those who have attended this year’s Alaska Summer Football Camps in Makati Football School and Alabang Football School. At the end of the games, all participants are given certificates of attendance. Winners are given medals and trophies are given for special awards.

I was dreading the 36-37 degree Celsius weather yesterday (and for most of it, I was under the shade of a tent), but I saw that the kids were giving their all and having fun while playing football under the sun. This was what these young footballers were looking forward to all summer – a chance to play the game. And this time, I was happy just to see my daughter and her friends having fun during and in between games. After all, that is why she is playing football.

Of course, we were also happy and thankful for some bonuses at the end – rewards for hard work. My daughter and her team mates each brought home a medal for first place, and she also received a trophy for Most Valuable Player for her age group for this year’s summer camp.

Smiles, good memories, and a medal and trophy too. Not bad at all for a morning of football fun in the sun.