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CTBC's philanthropy aids rural youth teams

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- The CTBC Charity Foundation (中國信託慈善基金會) yesterday announced its decision to sponsor six youth baseball teams from rural areas in Taiwan, allowing children and teens to fulfill their dreams of becoming professional baseball players.

Elementary school students from rural villages in Nantou, Chiayi, Kaohsiung, Pingtung, Taitung and Hualien were invited to participate in the kick off of the CTBC's 2014 project to support youth baseball teams with less funding and fewer resources. “I hope one day I am able to play baseball professionally and earn my country great honor,” declared one of the young prospective players.

The foundation will be providing professional training sessions, baseball equipment, meals and even assistance with the students' academic studies with the six chosen school baseball teams. The students will also be trained to “inherit” the skills and ball-playing techniques of the Brother Elephants (中信兄弟象), the CTBC's baseball team, directly from its professional players.

CTBC Charity Foundation Chairman Jeffrey J.L. Koo, Jr. (辜仲諒) pointed out that the foundation has been providing financial support for disadvantaged children through its “Light the Fire for a Better Life” (點燃生命之火) fundraising drive for a long stretch of time. “It was through our long-term endeavors that we discovered that the children of rural aboriginal villages are very talented in sports, not to mention they are very passionate about it, but they may lose out on opportunities to reach their goals due to a lack of stable resources,” said Koo.

“This program was launched because too many children share the same dream,” Koo went on, adding that he hoped the program would be able to keep the children's baseball passion burning, build their confidence and expand their horizons. “Not only are we giving the children an opportunity to lead different lives, we are also keen to promote baseball in Taiwanese society,” said Koo.

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CTBC Charity Foundation (中國信託慈善基金會) Chairman Jeffrey J.L. Koo, Jr. (辜仲諒), center, poses for a photo with the student representatives of six elementary schools located in Taiwan's rural areas, yesterday. (Courtesy of the CTBC Charity Foundation)

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