Red Sox US-Japan Youth Baseball Exchange Presented by FUNAI
Generously funded by global electronics giant Funai, this annual Red Sox Foundation-run program brings young Bostonians to Japan or Japanese youths to Boston for a 12-day exchange of baseball and culture. The guests stay with local host families — an experience that literally transforms their view of the world and their place in it. The program features visits to educational and cultural attractions for the teams.
Through a shared love of baseball, the Japanese and American teens build a common bond. “It’s hard to believe a baseball exchange can change your life, but it does,” said Jack Ditomassi, one of the program’s participants. “Today, my future is wide open. While I may not beome a professional ball player, I now think about becoming a diplomat or running an international business.”