Baseball in Davao comes alive with Datu Uchida
by Romy Sabaldan
Davao City (1 February) -- THIS will be a lively sports festival as the Datu Uchida Development Foundation, Inc. (DUDF) reaches out to elementary and high school boys and girls with the 3rd Davao City Baseball Cup on February 23-24, 2008 at the University of Mindanao (Matina Campus), this city.
This was learned Thursday from Yusuke Uchida, DUDF sports coordinator, during the regular weekly sports forum of the Davao Sportswriters Association (DSA) at the Tower Inn of Davao.
The young Uchida said "My lolo is supporting the tournament with the help of sponsors from Japan" referring to his grandfather, 80-year old Tatsuo Uchida, recent Datu Bago awardee and president of DUDF and two big sponsors from his country.
The tournament has the make-up of a baseball festival with the foundation providing for a P2,000 transportation subsidy for all teams with lunch during the duration of the two-day, 17-team encounter.
Baseball gears, t-shirts and souvenir shirts will be distributed for all players and coaches, according to Uchida.
Prizes for both the elementary and high school include P8,000 for the champion and a trophy, plaque, baseball equipment and attendance to a victory bash at the Apo view Hotel.
The 2nd prize will have P4,000, a plaque and baseball equipment while the third prize will receive P2,000, a plaque and baseball equipment.
Major sponsors are the Tokyo Kichijoji Lions Club Jin Kai and the Hon. Consul Hiroshi Mitsuya.
One major feature of the baseball festival is an Umpire clinic to be conducted by Hidetusi Suzuki, a World Series champion Japanese baseball coach. (PIA XI) [top]