NVC Newsletter

Next Seattle Yonsei 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament in April

by David Yamashita
March 2015, Volume 65, Issue 3

On January 31st, the Seattle Yonsei hosted their first 3-on-3 basketball tournament at the Nisei Vets Hall.  The Seattle Yonsei are a newly-formed group of 4th generation Japanese-Americans working hand-in-hand with the NVC Foundation to raise awareness about the story of Japanese-American incarceration and the Nisei veterans of World War II.  Aside from an accidental hole in the wall, which has since been repaired, the tournament went off without a hitch.   

NVC Foundation President Bruce Inaba was in attendance and gave all 15 participants a tour of the NVC Hall before play commenced.  For all the participants, it was their first time touring the Hall.  A few were even hearing the story of Japanese-American incarceration for the first time.  

The tour of the Hall brought on a different sense of intensity and focus to the players.  What was supposed to be a casual day of recreational basketball turned into a fiercely competitive struggle to win the tournament.  One can only deduce that the magnitude of being in the storied Nisei Vets Hall, along with the eye-opening and educational tour of the facility, brought about a sense of urgency in the competitors that may not have been there had the tournament been played at any other gym. 

The tournament’s reception was almost universally positive; accordingly, a second tournament has been planned for Saturday, April 18 at Blaine United Methodist Church.  The full-sized court at Blaine has been booked in order to accommodate what will be a larger field of participants. 

If you are interested in participating in the next Seattle Yonsei 3-on-3 basketball tournament, please call David Yamashita at 425-444-2816.