Meet the 16-year-old Fil-Am coach providing free basketball training online amid pandemic

TEANECK, NJ — In New Jersey, there are now 427 positive cases of COVID-19, and 114 in Bergen County alone.

60 percent of those cases are in Teaneck – home to more than 800 filipinos.

Just a few miles away from Teaneck, Fil-Am basketball coach Ryan Ang has been live streaming from his Rochelle Park home to encourage people to stay active – despite being self-quarantined.

“The coronavirus is not a joke, and it should not be taken lightly,” said Ang.

The 16-year-old Fil-Am is one of the youngest basketball trainers in New Jersey.

“Unfortunately due to the coronaviris pandemic, it was a very difficult decision to put my training to a hold… I’ve gotten many calls inquiring about my one-on-one and team trainings, however for safety reasons I had to turn them down, because safety come first for the athletes and myself.”

Thanks to live-streaming technology, he’s able to teach basketball, especially to other young Fil-Ams hoping to make it to the NBA.

Ang even waived the $25 dollar per person per session training fee.

 “It is very vital for everyone, especially athletes to remain active, during these tough times, remaining active  will help one in physical shape, as well as mentally in shape.”

Despite the exponential growth of COVID-19 infections in the East Coast, social distancing and self-quarantine becoming the new norm, Ang believes people should not stop living their lives to the fullest.

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