CEBU: The Cebuano sporting community is mourning the passing of local sports icon Rico Navarro, who died of heart attack on Tuesday. He was 53.
Navarro was the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas (SBP) regional director for Central Visayas.
Navarro also served as athletic director for the Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu and was an officer in Cebu’s prime sports league, the Cebu Schools Athletic Foundation Inc.
He was also the founder of the Cebu Youth Basketball League and was responsible for the bringing the BEST Center Cebu and the BEST Center Twin Tournament to the Queen City of the South.
“The Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas mourns the untimely passing of Region 7 Director Rico Navarro. He was a gentle soul whose passion for sports was only exceeded by his deep desire to be a man for others,” the SBP said in a statement.
“We will miss his presence and his kindness and we will preserve to build on the progress that he has made in his region to honor his legacy. “Rest in Peace, RD.”
Navarro was also past president of the Sportswriters Association in Cebu (SAC) and the group’s go-to-guy during preparations for the annual SAC Awards for the outstanding athletes of Cebu and Central Visayas.
He also had a stint as a ring announcer in the Pinoy Pride Series of ALA Boxing Promotions, and was columnist for the Freeman.
Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, Navarro hosted online sports programs Bleacher Talk Cebu and the MVPSF Youth League-Cebu aired live on Facebook.
Navarro’s wake is at the Sacred Heart Parish Ricci Chapel in Cebu City. RSC