The best way to support your favorite athletes and their respective games is by cheering for them! It takes a huge amount of courage and effort to amp up a crowd during times like this, but it’s fun watching your fellow fans support the teams that they like, too! The wonderful thing about sports is how it not only brings the teams together but also the camaraderie and sportsmanship among fans as well.
Many members of the crowd took notice of Vic Tee as a sports fan who stood out – he’d get up on his seat and cheer his heart out during games. For this case, Tee has been supporting athletes from his alma mater, De La Salle University.
Tee also rose to popularity last year when a netizen took a video of him cheering, evidently steering the crowd to join him during time-outs at one DLSU Lady Spikers and UST Golden Tigresses game last year.
WHEN IN MANILA got the chance to meet Tee personally during yesterday’s UAAP Women’s Volleyball Finals at the Araneta Coliseum, where we learned more about one of La Salle’s biggest fans.
Vic Tee graduated from De La Salle University in 1971, majoring in BS Business Administration at the Taft School of Commerce (then, now called Ramon V. del Rosario College of Business). His strong Animo spirit is no surprise as he comes from a family of Lasallians.
“Three of my younger brothers went to La Salle Lipa High School. Two went to Taft,” he shares.
He has been actively supporting La Salle’s sports teams since 2011, after he decided to be “a student again after retirement”.
“Basketball is my favorite sport, and I love football and baseball as well. For Women’s Volleyball, it was just an ‘accident’,” he confesses. “I was bored and I had nothing to do on that day (when the DLSU Lady Spikers had a game). I decided to watch the game live. I don’t remember the team we played against and what year that was…”
Tee absolutely enjoyed watching Women’s Volleyball that he decided to support his alma mater’s Lady Spikers since.
“I love volleyball as much as basketball now,” he happily shares.
The DLSU Lady Spikers garnered the UAAP Women’s Volleyball Championship title yesterday, after defeating the FEU Lady Tamaraws in three straight sets in the first and second Finals game (best of three series). It is also the DLSU Lady Spikers’ third straight title since Season 79.
Tee shares that his favorite Volleyball players are Kim Fajardo and Dawn Macandili. He admires Fajardo’s “intelligence (on the court)” and “talent (for volleyball)” while Finals MVP Macandili as being the “best in her position”. Additionally, he also thinks that Macandili “has a heart and brain of a champion”.
“What I love the most about cheering for La Salle is getting our students and fans to participate and live the moment,” he said. “I love the Animo! (fighting spirit). I love the enjoyment brought about by the games.”
He did share that he encountered bitter fans who tried to rain on his parade while he brought the crowd to cheer along with him during his younger years, but not at present.
“I just respond accordingly, sometimes I give in just a LITTLE bit,” he said. “Well, ‘asaran’ or teasing comes at play, which is normal during events like this.”
We’re looking forward to seeing Tee again next UAAP Season.
“Let’s live life, it is so wonderful and beautiful. Let’s enjoy the games, too!” he closes.
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