Thank you for your support of the Yonsei Basketball Association during these past 27 years.
This week, we learned from our partners in Japan that we will have to postpone our trip to Japan to the following year, 2022. Currently, the Japanese government has severely restricted the admission into Japan of most foreigners and at this point it is impossible to plan our type of trip. The Yonsei Board is truly disappointed with this outcome, however, the health and safety of the Japan and USA families is our number one concern and there are too many unknowns with this pandemic.
Therefore, we will most likely postpone our Y27 trip to Kochi to the following year, 2022. Although this marks the second postponement for our Y27 team, we are optimistic that we can organize a Japan trip in 2022 and we would like to thank all of our donors and sponsors for your support and patience during these unprecedented times.
For our Y28 team, we have decided to postpone the Y28 Information Meetings and the Y28 Selection to 2021. We will still hold our information meeting and select our Y28 team during this school year, which is the player’s 8th grade year, however, the Y28 trip to Matsue, Japan will be in summer 2022 when the players will be 9th graders.
Our Yonsei program has thrived during the past 27 years because of the tremendous support of our friends and families, and we are confident that we can overcome the challenges that we and the world is facing at this time as we are truly challenged to come up with new ideas to strengthen and improve our program.
Thank you for your understanding, and we hope that you and your families remain safe and healthy during this pandemic.
Scott Kohno, President
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The Yonsei Basketball Association is a non-profit organization founded in 1993 by a group of Southern California Japanese Americans interested in establishing a cultural exchange program for middle school-aged youth, using basketball as the vehicle. Today, the organization strives to provide eighth-grade boys and girls the opportunity to experience the Japanese heritage and cultural roots firsthand by coordinating their travel to prominent cities in Japan. Participants take part in a goodwill exchange by way of playing basketball and taking part in a home stay experience, learning and sharing the two cultures. As a result, lifelong friendships and experiences are developed.