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Iowa Sister States and Iowa's AAU Welcomes Baseball Players from Yamanashi, Japan

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Contact: Teresa Parmenter,


Iowa Sister States and Iowa’s AAU Welcomes Baseball Players from Yamanashi, Japan


August 3, 2012 (Des Moines, Iowa) – Iowa Sister States and Iowa’s AAU program will welcome a 25 member team from Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan.


“We are excited to once again welcome baseball players from Yamanashi.  Even though most of the Yamanashi players do not speak English, and none of the Iowa players speak Japanese, it is thrilling to watch the youth from both countries communicate via baseball,” says Teresa Parmenter, Governor of Iowa’s AAU organization and Iowa Sister States volunteer.


Yamanashi Prefecture and the State of Iowa have been participating in a baseball exchange since the 1990s.  This year it is Iowa’s turn to host the baseball games.


The schedule:


Saturday, August 11

12:00 pm at SE Polk High School (two 7 inning games)


Sunday, August 12

12:00 pm at Urbandale (two 7 inning games)


Monday, August 13

12:00 pm at Principal Park (one 9 inning game)


Tuesday, August 14

7:00 pm at Cedar Rapids Kennedy


All games are free and open to the public.


Iowa Sister States is a non-profit, volunteer organization that manages the partnership program that the State of Iowa has with 8 different countries.  Those relationships are with:  Cherkasy Oblast, Ukraine; Hebei Province, PRC; Stavropol Krai, Russia; Taiwan; Terengganu, Malaysia; Veneto Region, Italy; Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan; and Yucatan, Mexico.  The relationship with Yamanashi Prefecture dates to 1960, and is the first sister state relationship for the State of Iowa.


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