Tennoji High – Hingham High Baseball Exchange
A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity
March 22, 2014 – March 29, 2014
It started when Hingham High School students and administrators saw the documentary film “Kokoyakyu (High School Baseball)”, which first aired nationwide on PBS television in 2006. Primary Source, the Watertown-based professional development organization that connects educators to people and cultures throughout the world, hosted a webinar with the filmmakers, and the journey began! They immediately saw an educational opportunity for cultural enrichment and decided to pursue a student exchange that would bring the Tennoji High School baseball team to Hingham.
Hingham High School officials and student families have agreed to host the Tennoji High School students, their coach Masa-sensei, and other teachers on this historic cultural exchange.
Tennoji students will live with Hingham host student families and accompany their host students to classes. Naturally they will get on the baseball field together, providing a cultural experience for the students and for the local community. Field trips to visit local sites will be arranged and there will be many opportunities to leverage the exchange for wider educational purposes.
The project is completely self-funded by the student families, teachers and alumni on both sides. Making the trip will be 33 students from Tennoji, plus 2 teachers and 1 photographer.
The week will culminate in an exciting series of events on Friday, March 28: Tennoji & Hingham players will face each other in a friendly exhibition game at 3:00 pm (Location: TBA). Later that evening at 7:00 pm in the Hingham High School Auditorium, there will be a screening of the film that brought the schools together, “Kokoyakyu”; the screening will be open to the public and will have a question & answer session with the Tennoji coaches and one of the filmmakers.
For more info, contact Rick Swanson & Kara Roth:
Film trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLSMhUXEh9c
Film PBS website: http://www.pbs.org/pov/kokoyakyu
Watch the entire film online: http://vimeo.com/56714767
Film facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kokoyakyu-High-School-Baseball/31340538928
Primary Source: http://www.primarysource.org
Hingham High School website: http://hinghamschools.com/hingham-high-school/
Tennoji High School: http://www.tennoji-h.oku.ed.jp/tennoji/index.html