Many thanks to Board Member (and ELP ’15) David Kenji Chang for the following article, and to Associate (and ELP ’14) Kira Teshima for providing the photos!
On August 12, alumni of the TOMODACHI Emerging Leaders Program (ELP) hosted a special Japanese Heritage Day at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California as rookie phenom Shohei Ohtani and the Los Angeles Angels took on the Oakland Athletics.
The event, a fundraiser in support of ELP alumni activities, sold over 1,200 tickets. Among those in attendance were Council Leaders, Associates and sponsors who traveled from as far as New York, Washington, DC, Hawaii and Japan to support the event.
Guests braved the mid-day heat to receive a limited edition Ohtani bobblehead and enjoyed a lively performance by Koshin Taiko. USJC board members and ELP sponsors joined President Irene Hirano Inouye on the field to present the Angels Foundation with a donation during a special pre-game ceremony. The first pitch was then thrown on behalf of the ELP alumni by a local young cancer survivor selected through the My Wishlist Foundation. During pre-game activities, the U.S.-Japan Council name was emblazoned on screens throughout the stadium.
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