Marking the 16th year of the Yonsei Basketball Association, this year’s girl’s and boy’s teams featuring 24 eighth-grade youths will be traveling to Kochi Japan this year to take part in this unique “cultural exchange through basketball” program. The Yonsei 16 Team will stay and play basketball with teams in Kochi and Sakawa cities.
The Yonsei 16 teams have been practicing since March and studying the Japanese language and its customs in preparation for the trip. Upon completion of the Goodwill games and home stays, the team, coaches and their families, 114 people in total, will tour Japan together.
Applicants for this program must have a minimum 3.0 GPA and be affiliated with a basketball team in the Asian basketball organizations. Selection is based upon academic achievement, basketball and interpersonal skills. This year’s boy’s team is coached by Ron Kato and assisted by Tim Park. The girl’s team is coached by Robin Ishibashi and assisted by Kimberly Hayashi.
Several upcoming events will showcase the Yonsei 16 Teams before they depart for Japan including the Yonsei Golf Tournament Fundraiser taking place this Monday, July 13 at Candlewood Country Club in Whittier as well as an exhibition game between the teams and last year’s Yonsei 15 teams on Sunday, Aug. 9 at Kennedy High School in Mission Hills.
Visit the Yonseiyouth.com for more information.