Kid's sport camp held! About 100 children take on a variety of sports!
Nurturing the Strength Needed to Live in Society
In August 2018, we held the SG Holdings Kids Sports Camp, a hands-on sports event for elementary school students. This initiative has been held in Okayama for the past 15 years, spurred by former marathon runner Yuko Arimori's desire to nurture in children, through sports, the strength they need to live in society. SG Holdings sponsors and has held these events in Kyoto and Shiga since 2016. This year featured a one-day camp held on the Fukakusa Campus of Ryukoku University (Kyoto City, Kyoto Prefecture), as well as a four-day overnight camp at the Group's recreational facility in Moriyama Park (Moriyama City, Shiga Prefecture), with a total of about 100 children in grades one through six participating.
Top Athletes, Including Yuko Arimori and Norihiro Akahoshi, Participate
At the one-day camp, children as well as their parents participated, taking on activites such as playing catch and dancing. It was impressive to see parents and children actively communicating as they enjoyed the various sports. The camp navigator invited for the event was Yuko Arimori, who won two consecutive medals in women's marathon at the Barcelona and Atlanta Olympics. Other instructors included Norihiro Akahoshi, former outfielder for Nippon Professional Baseball's Hanshin Tigers, and Mayu Ito, a former cast member of NHK's long-running children's program "Okasan to Issho"(With Mother).
At the overnight camp, children had an opportunity to be away from their parents, sleeping and eating together with new friends, and taking on sports such as dancing, volleyball and track and field. While the children looked nervous at the start of the event, they gradually warmed to one another and spent four days cooperating with each other. Instructors for the overnight camp included Kana Oyama, a volleyball player who competed in the Athens Olympics; Yoshu Nobusawa, a member of the Japanese national team in goalball, a para-sports event; and others. The instructors were asked to not only offer guidance, but to actually participate with them in the events. One child noted how happy she was to run alongside Arimori using an actual official Olympic baton.
Creating an Event Where the Next Generation can Sense Growth
Children's environments are changing as nuclear families increasingly become the norm and less time is spent playing outdoors. These are among the reasons cited for a drop in person-to-person communication and in opportunities for exercise. In this kind of modern society, SG Holdings hopes that this event will provide an opportunity for children to gain a sense of their own growth, learning through sports about the fun of exercise and the importance of teamwork and following rules. Through these kinds of sports-related activities, the Group will continue to engage in a variety of initiatives, including support for the development of the next generation and community interaction.