The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) designated a World Basketball Day on Dec. 21 through a Philippines-initiated resolution in New York City, just hours after the country smashed the World Cup mark.
At the gigantic Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan, the host country lured 38,115 fans to surpass the standing mark of 32,616, which attended the 1994 World Cup final between the United States and Russia in Toronto, Canada.
The new Philippine record is expected to stay for a long while as the UNGA made basketball, with at least 450 million people worldwide playing since the 1936 Berlin Olympics, the first team sport to have an international day.
Basketball plays a role in promoting health, mental well-being, and community engagement, as it contributes to global health goals.
It is a powerful tool for promoting the values of discipline, respect for rules, team spirit, inclusivity, as well as women empowerment.