Deaf student to encourage hearing teams at opening ceremony in local high school baseball games in Fukuoka Prefecture

Kohei Fujita will give his message to hearing baseball teams in sign language in opening ceremony. (photo:

The 92nd National High School Baseball Championship Fukuoka preliminary Game, sponsored by the Prefecture High School Baseball League, etc. starts on July 3.

In the opening ceremony, Kohei Fujita (17) plans to present an encouraging message to the hearing high school base ball teams in sign language. He is a senior of Fukuoka Special Support High School for the Deaf located in Fukuoka City, Fukuoka Prefecture in the southern island of Japan. He is also the captain of the rubber-ball baseball team at the school.

This event has been arranged every year since 10 years ago to not only encourage the baseball teams, but also to let them know lot of people gather to stand by them. The high school student from top class such as a member in the calligraphy club, a girl baseball team manager, a long-distance relay runner, and so on has presented encouraging words in the opening ceremony of the preliminary game.

It will be the first time that the Deaf student sends encouraging words. Kohei said, "I will speak slowly and sign clearly."

He once participated as a relief pitcher in the National High School Rubber-ball Baseball Championship Local game in summer two years ago, and his team won for the first time in the 20-year history of the baseball club. He and with his team will again participate in the prefecture game scheduled for July 18.

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