Self-Awareness and Relationship Enhancement Seminar with UC Webmasters College Men's Basketball Varsity Team

Even sports teams where training is done on a daily basis, and the values teamwork and excellence are tattooed on one’s forehead (metaphorically speaking), could use some team building every once in a while. Sometime in July 2016, the assistant coach of the college men's basketball varsity Team of the University of Cebu, Coach Calib Gawangon, contacted Cebu Teambuilding Facilitators Network via our Facebook page for a fun day of experiential learning.

The coach’s training needs describe the players’ psychological enhancement and the socio-emotional relationship among the team. In other words, a Self-Awareness and Relationship Enhancement Seminar. To elaborate in laymen’s terms, a workshop that will have (1) helped the players to examine and evaluate their personal development (i.e., as young adults, college students, and athletes) as they reflect on their strengths and weaknesses; and (2) a workshop that will enhance the camaraderie and fellowship among players as well as strengthen their trust and confidence as teammates and as friends.


As a team development facilitator, I really appreciate managers who understand how important it is to develop the individual first before demanding their teams to perform. A team is a group of people, and people are not like sheep that follow a herd absentmindedly. We are beings who have ambitions and struggles. So, without further analysis, we had our Self-Awareness and Relationship Enhancement on July 31, 2016 at Lowaii Cebu Marine Beach Resort in Suba Basbas, Lapu-Lapu City, Cebu, Philippines. What followed was a day of full facilitating and an adventurous afternoon of active learning with the energetic athletes of the University of Cebu Webmasters college men's basketball team.

These bunch squeezing themselves in as they struggle to flip a small tarp over while avoiding touching the sand.


University of Cebu Webmasters college men's basketball team self-awareness and relationship enhancement seminar 2016



The athletes using the tarpaulin as a canopy so the ball won’t get blown by the wind during the Pipeline activity.


University of Cebu Webmasters college men's basketball team self-awareness and relationship enhancement seminar 2016


A visiting coach posing inside the circle as the athletes complete the Popsicle Push-up challenge. FOR THE WIN!


University of Cebu Webmasters college men's basketball team self-awareness and relationship enhancement seminar 2016
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The star-struck coaches of Cebu Teambuilding Facilitators Network (on the left) and the coaches of UC Webmasters Men's College Basketball (on the right) posing for a photograph with the legendary sports commentator and talk show host, Mr. Bobby Knight Inoferio (middle).


UC Webmasters basketball team self-awareness and relationship enhancement seminar 2016


The climactic activity; The athletes at the outer circle giving positive feedback to the ones on the inner circle, who will later on have their turn as the roles reverse.


University of Cebu Webmasters college men's basketball team self-awareness and relationship enhancement seminar 2016
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It’s very heart-warming to see these boys take the activity seriously. Tears of joy were shed that day.

Note: This article is written by CTFN team development consultant Nathaniel John Arong who was the main facilitator for this event.

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