May 11, 2017, 11:06 a.m. MP
During a short ceremony with government officials last Friday, IP&E and IT&E presented a $15K donation to the CNMI government for the rehabilitation of the Koblerville Basketball Court.
“For many years, IT&E has been a great supporter of community events and sports activities. We acknowledge that our youth need a safe place to come together. Many of our villages have community centers in need of rehabilitation and we try our best to assist when we can,” according to General Manager Rose Soledad.
She shares that the donation was initiated by a letter received from the Chairman for Commerce and Tourism Rep. Lee Pan Guerrero seeking corporate sponsors for community facilities.
Rep. Lee Pan Guerrero noted that the Koblerville Basketball Court is in need of repairs to become a suitable facility for tournaments and community use. He commended IT&E and IP&E for their contribution and dedication to community projects in the CNMI.
“This project began when our office conducted a survey and were saddened to have found drug related paraphernalia. After this project is completed, I’d like to establish it as a drug free zone. Rehabilitating this facility would reduce truancy and limit drug related activities in the area. IT&E has been a tremendous and generous partner of the community,” Guerrero said, adding that the preventive maintenance against vandalism after the completion of the Koblerville Basketball Facility would be under the purview of his office.
General Manager Rose Soledad added that in alignment with providing free high speed internet for Youth Centers in the CNMI, a suitable facility for physical activity improves community engagement and enrichment.