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"Life is like an iceberg. Effort is put into the portion which is not seen"

Mr. Sadaharu Oh speaks at the unveiling ceremony for commemorative nameplate of Mr. Ike "Akihiro" Ikuhara and Mr. Peter O'Malley

Mr. Sadaharu Oh (Chairman and former Coach of the Fukuoka Softbank Hawks), a specially recommended alumni of Waseda University, visited the Tokorozawa Campus on January 21st in order to participate in the unveiling ceremony for the commemorative nameplate of the Ike "Akihiro" Ikuhara and Peter O'Malley Memorial Sports Management Class. This class was created to commemorate the founding of the School of Sports Sciences and was held for a span of approximately 5 years. Mr. Oh participated as a special speaker at the commemorative event, speaking in front of Mrs. Kimiko Ikuhara, the widow of Mr. Ike "Akihiro" Ikuhara and Mr. Peter O'Malley, the former owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, as well as approximately 700 students of the School of Sports Sciences. Mr. Oh spoke about his own baseball vision, in which he constantly sought to perform as a homerun batter, and also conveyed the importance of continuing to work hard without being complacent. At the end of his speech, Mr. Oh received an energetic cheer and the gift of a Waseda Bear from the Waseda University Cheerleading Club.

After his speech, Mr. Oh participated in the unveiling ceremony for the nameplate together with Mrs. Ikuhara, Mr. O'Malley, Waseda University President Katsuhiko Shirai, and former President Takayasu Okushima.

Mr. Sadaharu Oh gives his speech

From left, Mr. O'Malley, Mr. Oh, and Mrs. Ikuhara

Commemorative nameplate