Abueva takes part in Phoenix's outreach program in Las Pinas

Maverick Legaspi dribbled to the left wing, hesitated, then drove to the basket for a left-handed layup.

That was one of the skills Legaspi learned from Calvin Abueva and some of the Phoenix Fuel Masters during the team's Pinoy Hoops outreach program on Saturday morning.

The 13-year-old aspirant from Brgy. Pilar Village in Las PiƱas City, who was one of 70 kids who participated, said learning the ropes from his idol Abueva will go a long way towards his development as a player.

"I learned a lot from the players. We learned a lot from all the drills we did today," Legaspi said in Filipino.

Abueva, who is banned indefinitely from the PBA, is making the most of opportunities such as this to give back to the community.

"We really need to teach kids from different places, especially here in Las Pinas, the kids are excited to see and learn from PBA players and coaches," Abueva said.

Abueva has been busy spending his time off the court with the team's outreach programs. Phoenix head coach Louie Alas said there are a lot of other activities lined up for Abueva.

"[Calvin] really wants to do outreach programs," said Alas. "He told me, he wants to get busy. He wants to help the kids."

The PBA allowed Abueva to join the Fuel Masters' practices over a month ago. Phoenix is hopeful Abueva's ban will be lifted soon as the team begins training for next season on December 9.

Asked if he's itching to play again, Abueva said he is "treating this as if I'm only injured."