Red Sox U.S.-Japan Baseball Exchange Hosted by BPL
The annual Red Sox Foundation-run program brings young Bostonians to Japan or Japanese youths to Boston for a 10-day exchange of baseball and culture. The guests stay with local host families — an experience that literally transforms their view of the world and their place in it. The program features baseball clinics and scrimmages with local youth leagues along with visits to educational and cultural attractions. Harvey Soolman and the BPL hosted.
See the Red Sox U.S.-Japan Baseball Exchange Photo Album.
On Friday, the Park League supported a clinic:
- 9:30AM – Arrival to Puopolo Northend Baseball Field (RSF Staff will warm up the kids)
- 10:00-11:30AM – Baseball Clinic with Boston Park League (25 kids total from Japan and North End RBI, ages 12-14)
- 11:30-Noontime – Lunch provided by RSF
- Noontime-2:00PM – Scrimmage between Japan and North End team on Puopolo Baseball Field
- 2:00PM – Swimming in the Mirabella Pool and boys leave for Fenway
“Thank you so much for the clinic. The Japanese boys of summer couldn’t stop talking about the clinic and how much fun they had… I think the experience open their eyes to playing baseball here in the US. You have made their experience so much more special in Boston and I truly appreciate it. Please extend our deepest appreciation to players who assisted you with the clinic.”
Rico Mochizuki | Assistant Director, Programs & Operations | Red Sox Foundation
“Thank you so much for all of your help! The clinic was amazing and I know the kids got a lot out of it. They certainly had a great time and we couldn’t have made the great experience without you and your Park League volunteers.”
Mick Blume | Coordinator | Red Sox Foundation
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