Ravena, Valdez Inspire Student-Athletes in NOPSSCEA Opening Rites

National players Kiefer Ravena and Alyssa Valdez inspires student-athletes during the NOPSSCEA opening rites on Saturday to work hard in order for them to achieve their dreams.

Kiefer Ravena and Alyssa Valdez poses with the NOPSSCEA Board headed by President Dr. Ervie Emelda Gallespen after receiving the plaques of appreciation on Saturday.* (Photo by James Toga)

National Basketball Men’s Team – Gilas playmaker Ravena pointed out 2 things: mental toughness and ‘Mamba’ mentality.

“Mental toughness is the ability to rise to the occasion when needed – whether it could be in a big game, an exam or something that you can achieve. Mental toughness is hard to develop. You will experience adversity and failure in life and your ability to be tough will help you overcome these challenges,” Ravena said. “You should also surround yourself with good people. People who can guide you do things right. And, lastly, you just have to trust the process in developing your attitude to be mentally tough,” he added./p>

On ‘Mamba’ mentality, Ravena stressed that this is a way how you distinguish yourself from the rest. “If it was easy, everyone would do it. This is your ability to be in the zone,” he said. The 6-foot guard described that this mentality shows hard work and dedication to the craft you love – taking extra effort in order to achieve one’s goal.

“Overall, these mentalities are very important to be successful, not only as athletes but as people. Life will throw challenges at us and it will help us develop into better human beings. Just don’t lose hope. Trust and have faith in the Lord,” Ravena said.

Valdez, on the other hand, said that the love and support of the young kids and aspiring volleyball players served as their motivations as athletes to push harder in pursuing their dreams.

Describing her upcoming stint with Attack Line in Chinese Taipei is an opportunity. “I’m really blessed to have these opportunities around me. At the very young age, we really have to grab and try getting every lesson I can. I’m just looking forward to all the learning not only as a player but, an individual,” she said.*


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