Gilas Pilipinas cadet Troy Rike on Monday officially turned over his cash incentive worth P100,000 to World Vision Philippines, following through on the promise that he made upon receiving the bonus from Chooks-to-Go president Ronald Mascariñas.
Rike received the reward after his actions in the brawl between the Philippines and Australia last week during a FIBA World Cup Asian qualifier in the Philippine Arena.
The 22-year-old Rike moved to protect Australia’s Chris Goulding, who was absorbing blows from several members of the Philippine team while on the ground near the basket.
“I don’t see myself as a hero. It wasn’t some master plan. I didn’t jump off a burning building or anything like that,” Rike said.
“This donation, I just figured it is what is right,” he added. “I think if you carry yourself a certain way, if you carry compassion for people, it will go a long way.”
“Everything I’ve done in the past week is what felt right. Just be kind, that’s the most important thing, and I promise you will make the world a much better place if you do that.”
Aside from making the donation, Rike also signed up for a Child Sponsorship program, and has officially sponsored a child from Negros.