“I felt that we need to use this program as a vehicle for continuing to provide ongoing assistance in the future. At the sporting goods store that we visited, I saw how the Sri Lankan high school students looked at the merchandise with a gleam in their eyes, which gave me a renewed sense of them not having enough baseball equipment.
Looking at the smiles and attitude of the students, I felt a sense of joy, and I felt that I wanted to do more to support them. The program also gave us an opportunity to take another look at how we play baseball by illustrating the differences between the Sri Lankan students and us Japanese, such as how they enjoy the sport and how they are keen on taking care of their equipment.
This program gave me a sense of just fortunate baseball players are in Japan. When I go to club activities, I bring two mitts: a catcher’s mitt and a fielder’s mitt. The Sri Lankan high school students used the single mitt that each of them had in their possession with great care. Having witnessed that kind of situation with my own eyes, I felt gratitude towards the situation I find myself in as well as the desire to continue playing baseball from here on out.
By enabling us to continue our exchange with Sri Lankan students, this program proved meaningful for us.”