The oldest grand league, National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) finally kicked off Season 96 with an ‘extraordinary’ set up which was first shown in the opening ceremony.

/ 14 June 2021

Season 96 will proceed under the theme “Rise Up Stronger: NCAA Season 96,” which is set to showcase the athlete’s skill in selected games.

“We have found a new partner, we have found hope with GMA Network and now, we are opening the Season 96 in a better and new normal,” Policy Board president Rev. Fr. Clarence Victor C. Marquez, O.P. of host Colegio de San Juan de Letran shared.

“Since the COVID-19 pandemic shut us down last year, the NCAA has resolved to move forward and to carry the good fight, for our love of the game.”

NCAA will conduct its first game of taekwondo poomsae competition that will run from June 14 to June 17. The said contention will include standard men’s, women’s, and juniors’ division and a freestyle event.

And other than taekwondo, the league will also be staging virtual competitions for chess. While volleyball and basketball competitions are yet to be announced after clarifications from the government.

“NCAA would like to show the creativity and resilience of the Filipinos, especially in the pandemic. We don’t give up — that’s the message we want to deliver. We have to adjust to the situation and make the most of it,” NCAA Season 96 Management Committee Chairman Rev. Fr. Victor Calvo, Jr. shared.

Games will be aired via GTV, GMA Pinoy TV, and GMA News TV every weekday at 2:45 p.m., Saturdays at 4:30 p.m., and Sundays at 5:05 p.m.