Japanese Debut for Gary Player Invitational

Gary PlayerTokyo, Japan: Black Knight International and Jidaino Souzou Koubou are partnering to celebrate the Union of Golf and Giving by staging the Gary Player Invitational.
The Player Foundation, established by Marc Player, has chosen Support Our Kids as the beneficiary of the event to aid the suffering children of the Great East Japan Earthquake disaster and tsunami.
Presented by Mazda, the event from March 19-22 also will help promote the restoration of North Eastern Japan, which in 2016, commemorates the fifth year since the disaster.
The Gary Player Invitational in Japan forms part of the world-leading charity golf series, which has raised more than US$60 million for charities worldwide. The Player Foundation, aims to donate US$100 million by 2020 to the support of children’s charities, the betterment of impoverished communities and the expansion of educational opportunities throughout the world.
Japan will be the second event of the 2016 Gary Player Invitational series that will continue in Europe, New York, China and South Africa.
“I am so excited to be visiting Japan again and that we are able to host the Gary Player Invitational in such a special country. We have not forgotten the tragedy of the great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami and our efforts will help change the lives of many young people who have been affected,” said Gary Player, tournament host.
The event is managed by Wataru Takeshita, the Executive Committee Chairperson, and Mr Hara, former Manager of the Yomiuri Giants and a promoter of Support Our Kids.
Furthermore, Player will host a celebrity charity golf event, kids golf clinic and a business management seminar titled, ‘How to Win’, presented by Katsuyuki Kiyomiya, Manager of the top rugby league team, Yamaha Motor Jubilo, concluded with a charity gala auction dinner.
A charity concert produced by Shigeaki Saegusa, will be held as an opening performance at Suntory Hall in Tokyo on March 19. Joining the entertainment line-up will be up-and-coming 15-year-old violinist Mone Hattori, 17-year-old cello player Yuya Mizuno and, representing Soma-shi, Fukushima Prefecture, a chorus group called ‘MJC ensemble’ consisted of junior and senior high school girls who actively perform around the world.
They will join the event as the representative from the earthquake stricken area.

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