As 2013 is about to end, we would like to express our sincere gratitude to all of you who continued to support FABA. This year is our 13th year in existence and it was special in its own right. It has been a blessing to have all of you to be a part of FABA's family.
2013 is the most hectic, but a very satisfying year we have experienced and we would like to share what we have achieved.
FABA hosted the 1st Filipino Heritage Night during the NBA game at Verizon Center early this year. We heard DMV-based Ms. Kriskaitlin Zabala rendering the Star Spangled Banner in front of a sellout crowd inside Verizon Center, as well as the Migrant Heritage Commission’s “Tinikling Dancers” who wowed the 20K in attendance during the halftime show of the Washington Wizards and New York Knicks match.
We saw our youth league blossomed in its 2nd year after a 3 year absence. A lot of young athletes came and developed their skills on the court. We saw the 8th time AABC Champion District Bullets (the most dominant team ever in FABA’s history) dominance ended in the hands of Deausen Group, the eventual Spring Champion. Shockers winning the 3rd Men’s OPEN 5’11/U division championship back to back in the expense of the inaugural champion, Decepticons.
This summer, FABA hosted the FBA- NA Inter City Tournament in the heart of Washington DC inside Marriott Wardman Park Hotel and NEW 24 Fitness for the 2nd time. We are honored to host this once-a-year most prestigious and competitive All-Filipino Tournament in this side of the States. It also marked the first time a Hotel Ballroom was transformed into 4 regulation-size courts in the eastern seaboard and we are very proud of that accomplishment. The task was monumental and we could not have done it without everyone's help and support. The “BAYANIHAN” spirit was in full display as various Fil-Am organizations in our area came together to volunteer in this event.
Then, the just concluded Fall Youth League. We knew it will be a challenge but we have surpassed the task and ended in a big positive way. Our AABC Fall Adult League got push aside to make way for our Youth, as we encountered gym cancellations due to wintry weather and school closings. We apologize to all the AABC participating teams for the inconveniences it may cause but we will try our best to make it up for you. Thank you for your understanding.
Congratulations to all the winners and participants of our leagues and tournaments. It is not all about winning that matter most to us; it is the way we conduct ourselves on and off the court is what make us all winners.
Finally, let us not forget our friends and families that were devastated by the recent tragedies in the Philippines. FABA has raised funds through ABS-CBN Foundation, Inc. – Sagip Kapamilya and volunteered in local relief centers. We are still accepting monetary donation for the rebuilding of distressed communities in those affected areas. We fervently pray that they overcome all their trials and sufferings.
It has been an amazing year and as we close 2013, we would like to wish everyone a Happy Holidays and a Prosperous New Year!
We feel so blessed and we thank the Almighty God for all the Blessings we received this year.
FABA Officers and BOD’s