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“Spo GOMI Koshien 2022 Niigata Prefecture Tournament” Winning Team “Chunk by Chunk” Students from Niigata Municipal Koshi Secondary School paid a courtesy visit to Mayor Yaichi Nakahara
Wednesday, December 21, 2022
“Spo GOMI Koshien” is a competition in which high school students aged 15 to 18 form teams of three and pick up garbage within a designated area within a time limit of 60 minutes. The purpose of this event is to have people take the issue of litter in the town and the sea as their own by picking up litter while having fun with their friends in a gentle sport.
“Chunk by Chunk”, a group of three students from Koshi Secondary School (Niigata City, Niigata Prefecture, principal: Hitoshi Haino) who won the “Spo GOMI Koshien 2022 Niigata Prefecture Tournament” held on July 10, 2022. We paid a courtesy visit to Mayor Yaichi Nakahara of Niigata Prefecture to report on the results of the competition. This event will be held as part of the “Umi to Nihon Project: CHANGE FOR THE BLUE”, a marine litter countermeasure project promoted by The Nippon Foundation, and planned by the Social Sports Foundation. [Image 1
・Date: Wednesday, December 21, 2022
・ Venue: Niigata City Hall Mayor Reception Room
・ Contents (program): Talk (14:30) ~ Introduction about Spo GOMI Koshien (14:32) ~ Introduction of Koshi Secondary School (14:35) ~ Enthusiasm of the winning team (14:40) ~ Photo session (14:45) ~ Winning team coverage (14:55) ~ End (15:00)
Comment from Mayor Nakahara
First of all, congratulations on winning the Niigata prefecture preliminaries. I think it’s wonderful to win the championship with a big gap between the 2nd place out of 20 teams. Even in Niigata city, garbage is conspicuous. I was also very impressed that everyone in the SDGs Committee is actively engaged in activities such as Toriyanogata. Please continue to learn about garbage picking and SDGs.
The finals will be held on December 26th, but please do your best as a Niigata native. I pray the good fight.
Winning team comments
・Mr. Haruto Matsunaga, 5th grade student at Koshi Secondary School There aren’t many events at my high school due to the new coronavirus, and the soccer club isn’t very strong, but I’m very happy to be able to participate in the national tournament because I’m interested in it, so I want to work together and win the championship. increase. ・Ryusuke Fujikawa, 5th grade student at Koshi Secondary School First of all, I want to be very proud to stand on the big stage of the national tournament. I was absent on the day of the event and was called up in a hurry, but I did my best with my legs that I trained in the soccer club in the hot weather. We won the championship with a big 400 points difference between the second place, so I will do my best with everyone in the venue area of Sumida Ward at the national tournament.
・Taiji Takeda, 5th grade, Koshi Secondary School
I didn’t expect our team to win. During the preliminaries for Spo GOMI Koshien, I didn’t pick up where everyone was picking up, and I went to pick up where people wouldn’t go. Since it was summer, there were fireworks and charcoal after the barbecue, so it was worth picking up. The area of Sumida Ward is Tokyo, so there seems to be more garbage, so I would like to collect cigarette butts with high points. [Image 3
Organization name: Social Sports Foundation
Activities: Holding events related to Spo GOMI Koshien, and work necessary for operation.
CHANGE FOR THE BLUE
In 2018, as part of the Nippon Foundation’s “Umi to Nihon Project”, the goal is to raise the awareness of society as a whole that “no more litter will be thrown into the sea” by making the problem of marine litter a personal matter for each and every citizen. This project has been underway since November 2011.
We will collaborate with stakeholders from industry, government, academia, and citizens to create a marine litter reduction model and disseminate it both domestically and internationally.
The Nippon Foundation “Sea and Japan Project”
The sea supports the lives of Japanese people in various ways, and sometimes gives us peace of mind, excitement, and inspiration. This is an all-Japan project in which children and people all over the country see the current state of environmental deterioration in the sea as something that belongs to them, and spread the circle of action to pass on the sea to the future. is.
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