MoneyGram launches its first structured basketball tournament for Filipino community in Jeddah, and promises it’s more than sport

JEDDAH, Saudi Arabia, May 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — MoneyGram keeps engaging with the Filipino community in Saudi Arabia. After recently organized Volleyball Championship, it’s time for another exciting sport competition. Every Friday, from April 28 to May 19, between 4 and 10 pm, Sheraton Basketball Court will host MoneyGram’s first 3on3 Basketball Championship. Starring the teams consisting of MoneyGram customers, the matches will be open to all supporters and basketball enthusiasts.

MoneyGram’s 3on3 Basketball Championship. First structured basketball tournament for Filipino community in Jeddah

3on3 Basketball Championship is more than a structured sport competition – the event, filled with music performances, face painting, games and other entertainment options, also for kids, will secure a fun time for entire families.

“It’s not a secret that physical exercise is good for mind, body and spirit. At MoneyGram, we’re particularly fond of team sports which are not only fun, but also highly interactive. By engaging in sport tournaments, our customers can make new friends and ease home sickness caused by being away from their families and friends,” said Andrei Afanasyev, MoneyGram’s marketing lead for Middle East, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

For the first two weeks, 3on3’s participants will compete in the qualification rounds, followed by the finals. Champions and two runners-up will take home trophies and medals, and share a prize of 5,000 SAR.

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According to the World Bank data, Saudi Arabia is home to the largest community of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) in the Middle East. 670,000 Filipinos make up the fourth-largest group of foreigners in Saudi Arabia. In 2015, they sent back home $3.2 billion in remittances. MoneyGram offers its services in Saudi Arabia at Fawri and QuickPay’s locations.


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