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Japan T-Shirt
The International Swimming Hall of Fame has partnered with Swimmers for Swimmer, Inc. and California lifestyle apparel company Latis™, to raise funds through the sale of t-shirt from which the entire purchase price of the first 144 shirts sold will go directly to the Japan Swimming Federation to support swimmers and coaches in the region devastated by the recent earthquake, Tsunami and nuclear disaster.  100% of profit from shirts sold greater than 144, will also be donated.

About the Design
The design chosen for this fundraising effort is taken from a poster in the archives of the ISHOF that promoted the 1931 USA –Japan dual meet of 1931 that was held in Tokyo and created by the Japanese artist Chuji.  The traditional meet began in 1927 and established a strong friendship between the American and Japanese swimming communities. Rich in swimming tradition, the Japanese took what they learned from the Americans and came to dominate the sport, particularly in freestyle and breaststroke events through the 1930’s. After the war, even when Japan was banned from the Olympics and other international competition, Japanese swimmers were welcomed to the US National Championship and other events. By agreement with Japan Swimming President, Kazuo Sano, funds raised will go directly to the Japan Swimming Federation for the purpose of helping those in need in the stricken areas of Japan.

Who we are helping
In June, ISHOF Advisory Board member, Russell Weaver visited the City of Sendai and met with officials and athletes who have been affected by the tragic events.

Russell Weaver
Russell Weaver with members of the water polo, diving, swimming and synchro teams of the Sendai city area.
Three of the athletes lost their father's and grandfathers.

Scenes showing areas around the airport and port of Sendai City and clean-up efforts.


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History of Swimming in Japan

Japanese team wins 1949 US Nationals (pdf)

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