By SHARYSE WATANABE
It’s time for the 11th annual Rising Stars Miniature Golf Tournament with fun for the entire family! Come out and support the Rising Stars Youth Leadership Program on Saturday, March 1, at Camelot Golfland in Anaheim.
The tournament is a great way to get the entire family, young and old, together for a game of miniature golf and help a good cause too. There are even chances to win an iPad mini, a GoPro camera, two Disneyland tickets and many other prizes with the raffle that will be held the day of the tournament. Winners need not be present to receive prizes.
Funds raised from the tournament will go to scholarships and the next Rising Stars Program. Entry fees will be $15 for adults and $10 for children 12 years old and under, pre-sale, and $20 and $15 after Feb. 1. Lunch only will be $10.
Rising Stars is a program of the Nikkei Federation that teaches high school students how to strengthen their leadership skills through interactive workshops facilitated by professional trainers. The students also learn about the cultural background of Japanese Americans and are encouraged to become more involved in the Japanese American community.
Another important aspect of the program is how the students develop lifelong bonds and friendships over the five-month period. Because it is not enough just to learn about these leadership skills, the students put their new skills to use as they plan and organize the tournament.
Sharyse Watanabe, a sophomore at La Canada High School in La Canada, is a participant in the 11th Rising Stars Youth Leadership Program and member of the Rising Stars Miniature Golf Tournament Publicity Committee.