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Ateneo Grade School retires Thirdy Ravena and Nieto Twins’ jersey numbers

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The Ateneo De Manila Grade School gave honor to Thirdy Ravena and twins Matt and Mike Nieto by retiring their jersey numbers 0, 7, and 12 respectively.

Ravena and the Nieto Twins were best known for their winning ways in Blue Eaglets and Blue Eagles basketball team.

The three-time Finals MVP recalled some of his challenges as a student-athlete in Katipunan.

“I was a student-athlete and I’ve also failed in being a student and being an athlete. I didn’t let that define who I am and I just continued to move forward,” Ravena shared.

The Nieto twins preached that aspiring student-athletes should value academic excellence, as well as athletic accomplishments.

“You really have to be a student first. Sports is there for a short time but if you get a degree, you’re gonna go a long way in life,” Matt said.

“Hindi kami perpekto, lalo na ako. Hindi talaga ako gifted… dahil na rin sa determination namin, umabot kaming lahat sa ganyan,” Mike added.