President Tony Tan was presented with a soccer ball as a token of appreciation by Muhammad Ardian bin Misrajj, one of the boys in the Saturday Night Lights programme. The ball was signed by the boys from Saturday Night Lights. (Photo by Joseph Lee/Red Sports)
Jalan Besar Stadium, Saturday, June 8, 2013 – Dr Tony Tan, the President of the Republic of Singapore, was announced as the patron of the SportCares Foundation at the 2013 Canon Lion City Cup.
The SportCares Foundation was recently set up by the Singapore Sports Council (SSC) to drive social good through sport. The Foundation is one of the recommendations of Vision 2030.
President Tan accepted a cheque for $1 million from various corporate sponsors on behalf of SportsCares on the opening night of the Lion City Cup. The president also met the members of Saturday Night Lights, a SportCares football program.
“I think the President’s involvement gives benefactors of SportCares the confidence that the programs offered by SportCares are professionally designed and run,” said Lim Teck Yin, chief executive officer of the Singapore Sports Council.
“It shows that the system of governance for the donated funds and the sustaining of programs are professionally handled. Corporate donors recognize the value that the SportCares program brings. They want to associate their companies with SportCares because it sends a powerful message about adding value to society through sports," added Mr Lim.
The evening also saw Saturday Night Lights send two teams out at half time of the match between the Singapore NFA Under-16s and Arsenal Under-15s to allow the youths to showcase their 10 weeks of training.
Team Pride and Team Respect
Playing under the names of Team Pride and Team Respect, the 22 boys enjoyed the exposure on the Jalan Besar pitch and ran their hearts out during the short time that they had. Although the 15-minute match ended goalless, they turned in a disciplined performance and their coaches were certainly proud of them.
Sheikh Fadhil, one of the boys who had his 15 minutes of fame, was proud to have gotten the chance to play at the Jalan Besar Stadium.
“It was very exciting as it was my first time I played in front of such a big crowd,” said Fadhil, whose dream is to play for the Young Lions of the S.League.
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