CEBU CITY: Four baseball coaches from Japan are in Cebu to conduct a baseball clinic for children.
The two-day baseball clinic started on Wednesday in Balamban town in western Cebu.
The coaches are Takashi Kaneko, 58; Koichi Sato, 53; Ootake Norio, 53; and Yuji Takashashi, 53.
The four coaches who arrived in Cebu on Tuesday night came from Nihon University Yagamata Senior High School Baseball Club.
The coaches, who paid a courtesy call on Cebu Vice Governor Agnes Magpale Wednesday, also donated sports equipment for the children.
The Nihon University Yagamata Baseball Club will be sharing out 32 different baseball items for a total of 785.
They gave 28 baseball globe, eight metal bats, 36 used balls, 114 spent ball, helmet and catchers, 18 baseball spike shoes, 24 training shoes, 11 top uniform, 23 bottom uniform, 35 under shirts, 35 socks, 24 t-shirts, 325 ballpoint pen, among others.
The Japanase batters also paid a courtesy call on Balamban Mayor Ace Stefan Binghay.
The two-day baseball clinic is being conducted at the Mayor Exasperanza Binghay Sports Oval.
The head coach of the clinic is Kaneko, who is the director of the Japan Little Senior Middle School Student Baseball Association.
He will be assisted by Sato, who worked as an NTT coach and was also an outfielder and catcher at Nihon University Yamagata High School.
Norio is a member of a quasi-baseball club and active pitcher, catcher, outfielder and infielder.
Takahashi is a former baseball team captain of Nihon University Yamagata High School.