During my time in Japan, Kana Okada has been an athlete I've had the honor of following on her journey. She is the epitome of the word "coachable," something I strive to teach with the athletes I work with in Japan. Kana was so driven in her study of the English language that she ventured … Continue reading Coachable
Pen-Paling, the hyphenated word conjures up pretty specific thoughts. Generally, kids who live in a "developed" Western country and a country outside of the bubble of Western influence exchange letters for a short amount of time. Pen-paling is usually used to spark a global interest in young learners, and I can certainly attest to that … Continue reading Pen-Paling: Tailored for us
Recently, after venturing back to America. Danketsu checked in on our partner organization; Sweet Potato Kids (SPK) in Randallstown, Maryland. SPK is a day camp and after-school program that: "nurtures [students] natural strengths. A child sees the world around them with wonder and awe, we believe in encouraging their natural curiosity." The students, many of … Continue reading Recent Visit at Sweet Potato Kids!
As Danketu's first year comes to a close, all initial goals have been met. Kibi Kokusai is connected to Franklin and Marshall, Notre Dame Seishin, to Garrison Forest and Sophia Zemi to Sweet Potato kids. The future looks bright! You can catch a brief overview of the project below! https://youtu.be/e34goUSjCCA
Mishima-san's friendship has helped me navigate Japan. Specifically the cultural, social and sports world. His advice has always been spot on, and he has certainly taken me under his wing to ensure that I'm always doing the right things, and completing my work to the best of my ability. Mishima-san owns a bar, fairly close … Continue reading 三島さん: Mr. Mishima, A Conversation
About a year ago, I was on the sideline coaching in Okayama City for Kibi Kokusai, a university located in the mountains of Takahashi, Japan, west of Okayama City. I was approached by an older coach, who also worked within the college football association of Western Japan. He would often help Kibi Kokusai whenever a … Continue reading Coach Reo
Danketsu has officially gotten off to a great start. After participating with these athletes for the last year and finally being able to actively help them, under the Danketsu Project, I feel more welcomed amongst the communities. Teams are learning more every day, this virtual exchange is certainly turning out to be everything I hoped … Continue reading Progress 1
A special thanks to Franklin and Marshall College and Garrison Forest for being committed to assisting the development of sports abroad!
Goals of the Danketsu Program