Local Involvement through Sports
Contributing Locally through the Yamaha Ladies Open Katsuragi
Each year, Yamaha Corporation and Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. jointly host the Yamaha Ladies Open Katsuragi golf tournament at the Katsuragi Golf Club operated by Yamaha Resort Corporation in Fukuroi, Shizuoka. This major event is made possible with the support of volunteer staff that record and carry out the tournament as well as prepare the gallery, and also the support of local residents and regional governments.
Since the 2008 tournament, Yamaha have given donations to local governments that have backed the tournament as a token of our appreciation to local residents for their cooperation and support of the event. At the April 2013 tournament, we donated a total of ¥6 million, comprising ¥1 million each to Shizuoka Prefecture, Hamamatsu City, Iwata City, Kakegawa City, Fukuroi City, and Mori Town. These donations will be used to revitalize the region and improve social welfare, such as maintaining sports facilities and buying vehicles for volunteer activities. The total amount donated to date stands at ¥29 million.
Some 161 new employees from Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. and Yamaha Corporation took part as tournament operations staff.
Volunteer staff at the tournament in 2013
Donations were received by government representatives after the tournament award ceremony
New employees at Yamaha Corporation that participated in the tournament as operations staff (Mamiko Higa, winner of the tournament, can be seen in the center of the front row)
Held Baseball Classes for Youth Baseball Teams
The Yamaha Baseball Club regularly holds baseball classes for local youth baseball teams in the western region of Shizuoka Prefecture as part of efforts to contribute to the community and the development of young people in the area. It has held 32 such classes so far, with club members providing guidance and showing the basics of pitching, fielding (catching and throwing) and batting. Three classes were held in fiscal 2012 including ones in Hamamatsu City and Kakegawa City. A total of 690 people have participated in these classes. Some of these classes also offered Baseball Health Examinations in cooperation with sports physicians and the baseball club's alumni association to do health checkups and instruct young baseball players on how to prevent injuries and accidents.