Okinawa branch of the Japan High School Baseball Federation supports Tanzania with baseball gear donation
December 23, 204 Ryukyu Shimpo
Taku Uehara, teacher of Gushikawa Commercial High School, is promoting baseball in Zanzibar, Tanzania. To support Uehara, Okinawa branch of the Japan High School Baseball Federation will send baseball gear collected from the member schools and individuals, to the country. On December 22, at its office in Futenma High School, the organization showcased to the media the gear soon to be sent to Tanzania. The organizers expressed their appreciation for the support.
By setting up the Zanzibar Baseball Federation, Uehara has worked extensively on promoting the sport, which is not a major sport on the East African island. With shortage of gear to send to Zanzibar, Uehara asked the organization to help his project. From the middle of December, the organization asked for nationwide support in promoting baseball in Zanzibar, sending request papers to its member schools and publishing advertisements in baseball magazines.
The organization has received about 60 baseball bats, about 70 gloves, and about 1,300 balls from 19 schools in Okinawa and individuals. The head of the organization Takashi Kamiya said, “We hope this project will help enrich young people and promote baseball on the island. It is important for Okinawan children to contribute to the international community.”
The gear will be packaged and then brought to Kobe Port under the support of distribution company Sankyu, Inc. The gear will then be sent to Tanzania with support of companies in Osaka.
(English translation by T&CT)
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