ITOCHU Announces ITOCHU Children's Dreams Fund Support Project for Disaster-Affected Areas : Details of the 4th ITOCHU Children's Dreams Cup
May 22, 2015
ITOCHU Corporation (headquartered in Minato-ku, Tokyo; Masahiro Okafuji, President & CEO; hereinafter “ITOCHU”) is organizing the 4th ITOCHU Children's Dreams Cup Spring Tournament via the ITOCHU Children’s Dreams Fund, established in March 2013 as part of the company’s assistance program in support of the areas affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake.
ITOCHU is organizing the ITOCHU Children’s Dream Cup, a youth baseball tournament involving all youth sports associations based in the city of Rikuzen-Takata, as a means of supporting children who are doing their best to cope in the aftermath of extensive damage to the city during the earthquake. There will be two tournaments in 2015, one in spring and another (rookie tournament) in the fall. In terms of overall support for baseball involving youth sports associations provided in the Rikuzen-Takata area, including expenses for away trips, to date total funding of around 3.95 million yen has been donated via a non-governmental organization, Nippon International Cooperation for Community Development (NICCO).
The ITOCHU Corporation will continue to provide support for the area affected by the Great East Japan Earthquake in the future, through the ITOCHU Children’s Dreams Fund and a whole host of other activities.
Outline of the 4th ITOCHU Children’s Dreams Cup Spring Tournament
Saturday, May 30, 2015, 8：00 Opening ceremony
～ Sunday, May 31, 2015, 13.30 Prize ceremony
Otomo Ground, Rikuzen-Takata City (48-2 Yanagizawa, Otomo-cho, Rikuzen-Takata, Iwate Prefecture)
All 7 teams based in Rikuzen-Takata City
Osabe Youth Sports Association (“YSA”),
Otomo YSA、Takata YSA, TS YSA,
Hirota YSA, Yokota YSA,
Yonesaki Little JSC (students from first grade to sixth grade)
|Supporters||Rikuzen-Takata City, Rikuzen-Takata Board of Education, Rikuzen-Takata Baseball Association|
|Collaborators||Nippon International Cooperation for Community Development (NICCO)|
ITOCHU Corporation’s Contributions through the ITOCHU Children's Dreams Fund
Donated uniforms to junior high schools in Rikuzen-Takata City and tournament entry fees for all youth baseball teams in Rikuzen-Takata City.
Invited junior high school and high school students from Fukushima Prefecture who had been selected from applicants to join in a joint concert hosted by the Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra.
Organized ITOCHU Children's Dreams Cup baseball tournament in Rikuzen-Takata City (October 2013, April 2014, September 2014 and on into the future)
Presented donations to Iwate Prefectural Yamada High School boat club to cover the cost of lifeboats, and also donated uniforms and other items to Nakano Volleyball Junior Sports Club of Sendai Municipal Nakano Elementary School.
Organized ITOCHU Kodomo no Yume English Summer Camp in Rikuzentakata.
Organized TMSO (Tokyo Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra) x ITOCHU Class Concert for elementary and junior high school students in Iwaki City and Futaba District in Fukushima Prefecture.
Outline of Nippon International Cooperation for Community Development (NICCO)
Public Interest Incorporated Association authorized by the Cabinet Office, Special Public-Interest Promotion Corporation (when donating, individuals can deduct part of their donation from their taxable income), UN Special Consultative Status with UN ECOSOC
Established: December 1979, Representative: President Satoyo Ono
Since its foundation in 1979, NICCO has developed activities in Asian, Middle East and African nations in areas such as supporting rural development, human resource development, and the provision of emergency support after natural disasters, with the objective of fostering economic and emotional self-reliance in developing countries. In the wake of the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011, NICCO actively supported the affected regions, especially Rikuzen-Takata City in Iwate Prefecture and the cities of Kesennuma and Natori in Miyagi Prefecture, and is still today providing a range of support, including the “Supporting Children's Dreams” project and support for revitalization of the fishing industry by introducing fish storage facility and developing the marketing abilities of local fishermen.