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Mission A2J’s “Senbazuru” has landed in Kessenuma!  Thanks to Wataru Shimada, one of our Advisory Board members, our “senbazuru” took a tour of some of the affected areas (notice the ship in the background!).  We are very grateful to all of our supporters who helped made this happen.  The next step for our “senbazuru” will be finding a permanent home to help inspire the local people as much as they have inspired all of us.  Gambare Nippon!

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“Senbazuru” is an ancient tradition that became popular after World War II, when a young girl named Sadako began to fold origami cranes to provide hope after she was diagnosed with leukemia due to the radiation of the atomic bombs.  Since then, the 1000 cranes has become a symbol of hope and support for people in need.

Keeping with this sentiment, Mission A2J supporters from all over teamed up to create their own 1000 origami cranes for the victims of the Tsunami and Earthquake tragedy last March.  We cannot thank everyone enough for their kindness, and we have shipped the cranes and the Mission A2J banner to Japan to let them know that our prayers and thoughts are with them.

Here are some pictures from our experience.  Enjoy!

 On Friday, November 18th, the members of the Topspin Racquet and Swim Club enjoyed a great night of tennis, food and good fun thanks to Carlos Lozano, Director of Tennis.  The events which included a doubles clinic, mixer, dinner, exhibition, and silent auction raised over $1200 to “Help Japan both Today and Tomorrow”.   Thanks again to everyone who came out to support a great cause!  Keep following us for updates on the what’s happening in Japan as well as information on the next Mission A2J event on our Facebook page.

Mission A2J is holding another great fundraiser in Columbia, SC at the Topspin Racquet and Swim Club on November 18th from 5:00pm.  The day’s events will include a tennis clinic, dinner, exhibition, and silent auction to help the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. 

Schedule of events
5:00-6:15pm- Doubles clinic
6:30-7:30pm- Tennis Mixer
7:30pm- Dinner
7:45pm- Pro Exhibition
Silent Auction will close 10 minutes after exhibition is completed.
Note: you do not have to participate in the clinic to do the mixer. You can do both or either one, or just come to eat, drink, and watch tennis. See Cost options below.

WHERE: Topspin Racquet and Swim Club

WHO: Hosted by Carlos Lozano, Director of Tennis at Topspin, and
Tom Shimada, former ATP Tour and Japanese Davis Cup Player
COST: $30 per person includes clinic, tennis mixer, dinner plus one drink, exhibition and Mission A2J t-shirt
$22 per person includes tennis mixer, dinner plus one drink, exhibition and Mission A2J t-shirt
$12 per person includes dinner plus one drink, and exhibition.
Kids under 12 eat free!
All clinic and mixer participants must RSVP to topspinrsc@aol.com or call (803)951-8851. Please include your name, NTRP rating, and T-shirt size.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to Coach Chris O’Brien and the students of Connecticut College for holding a benefit tennis tournament for Mission A2J.  Over 25 players came out to enjoy a day of tennis for a great cause.  The Mission A2J team truly appreciates everyone’s efforts in helping the people in Japan over seven months after the tragedy in March.

 

On July 20th, Mission A2J’s Tom Shimada participated in a clinic and exhibition to help open the brand new Dr. Eddie Floyd Florence Tennis Center.  Special thanks to the new Director of Tennis, Brian Parkkonen, for inviting Mission A2J to be a part of the celebration.  Through a silent auction, Mission A2J was able to raise almost $1,500, and during the exhibition, WTA pro Nicola Slater and two Francis Marion players, Jack Bishop and Jit all wore Mission A2J t-shirts!  Congratulations to Brian and the City of Florence!

 

 

On Saturday, July 16th, Mission A2J and Wild Dunes Resort helped raise over $11,000 for the victims of Japan.  About 80 people enjoyed a doubles clinic, BBQ dinner, and pro exhibition hosted by Mission A2J’s Tom Shimada and Wild Dunes Director of Tennis, Charly Rasheed, after which a donation of $10,000 was made to the American Red Cross on behalf of Mission A2J.   The day’s events ended with a silent auction with over 30 items.  Thank you to everyone who came out to support Mission A2J, and please continue to follow us by checking back on our website or our Facebook page!

 

 

Thanks to Charly Rasheed, Director of Tennis, and his staff at Wild Dunes Resort, Mission A2J is proud to announce another great event on Saturday, July 16th to help raise funds and awareness for the people in Japan.  The event will include a 3 hour doubles clinic and round robin, followed by dinner, a pro exhibition and silent auction.  The cost is $50 per person which includes a Mission A2J t-shirt or if you would like to come for the dinner and exhibition only, then it is $15 per person (Kids under 12 eat free!).  All participants must RSVP to info@missiona2j.com or call (843)298-5846.  Please include your name, NTRP rating, contact information and T-shirt size.

Schedule of Events

1:30pm- Check in

2:00-5:00pm- Tennis clinic and Round Robin

5:30pm- Buffet-style dinner

6:00pm- Pro exhibition

Silent Auction closes 15 minutes after completion of the exhibition.

For more information, e-mail info@missiona2j.com or call (843)298-5846.

Believe it or not, it has been three months since the tragedies in Japan occurred.  Even though the media has moved on to the next story, the page has not turned in Japan and the affected areas.  The recovery efforts are still going on strong in Japan, but the road ahead is long and arduous.  The area has not changed too much due to the ongoing nuclear situation, but progress is continuing to be made.  For more detail information, click onto IAEA (International Atomic Energy Agency) website.

In 90 days, Mission A2J has raised over $100,000 to help Japan both TODAY and TOMORROW, and everyone is committed to raising more awareness and funds for the people in the Tohoku area.  The response that Mission A2J has been getting has been truly inspirational, and we thank everyone who has donated their time, money, and spirit to this cause.

That being said, the summer season is coming upon us, and Mission A2J is preparing for more events throughout the country.  If you or anyone you know would like to host an event or has a great idea to help Mission A2J, please do not hesitate to contact us at info@missiona2j.com.  Stay tuned for an updated schedule of our events!

Shuzo Matsuoka joins Mission A2J Advisory Board

It is with great honor that Mission A2J announces that former Top 50 ATP player and current TV personality, Shuzo Matsuoka, has joined Mission A2J’s Advisory Board.  Through Shuzo’s support of our worthy cause, we look forward to bridging the efforts of the Japanese and American people.  If you want to find out more about Shuzo and what he is doing now, click here.   Thank you so much for your support, Shuzo!