I haven’t blogged for a few weeks — wanted to take some time off — but I’m going to jump right back into it. I’ve had several people email me to say they enjoy reading the blog on a regular basis. Here’s a quick review of the past few weeks:
– Week of Jun 21 — flew back from Tokyo on Tue, Jun 22. Wed, Jun 23 was quite a day, starting with the Asian Pacific Islander American Scholar Fund Summit at the Ronald Reagan Bldg. I then jumped out in the early afternoon to head to the announcement of the new President’s Council on Physical Fitness, Sport and Nutrition. The First Lady chaired the press conference and announced the new council members, including co-chairs Olympian Dominique Dawes and Saints QB Drew Brees. Then, it was back to the Education Summit; then to Georgetown Univ to teach our Sports Leadership and Management class that evening. I then headed to NY the following day for client meetings and then the 2010 NBA Draft — where we gleefully watched our Wizards select John Wall with the first, overall pick.
Week of Jun 28 — getting back into the routine after being out of the country for a couple of weeks … client meetings for JLynn Associates, teaching and advising at Georgetown Univ, working with non-profits, etc. The most fun time I had this week was taking my mentees, Sally and Da-Zhi, to Six Flags Amusement Park (one of Sally’s b-day gifts). The look of joy and happiness on a youngster’s face as they enjoy the day at an amusement park is simply priceless. The week was capped by a couple of fantastic July 4th parties over the weekend. Love celebrating the nation’s birthday in the nation’s capital.
Week of Jul 5 — the highlights of this week were the High School Sports Symposium we hosted at Georgetown Univ and our Zama American High School reunion over the weekend of Jul 9 – 11. For the Sports Symposium, we hosted 75 high school students for a week of learning about the sports industry, which included visits and meetings with executives from the Washington Nationals, Washington Capitals and at Under Armour. I was so impressed with the caliber of the high school students — a great group of young men and women. As for the high school reunion, I attended 9th and 10th grade at Zama High School (suburb of Tokyo). Camp Zama was a special place full of special people. We hold a reunion every two years for everyone who attended this school – this year, we had a record turnout of over 300 people. It was a special and memorable weekend.
Jul 12 — another good week of business, education and philanthropy. Had a great time attending the Washington Kastles tennis match on Monday night. The World Team Tennis is a blast – a mixture of good tennis, rock and pop music, cheerleaders and an overall fun, entertaining time. Near the end of the week went back to one of my favorite cities in the world, Montreal. Love that place. It’s only a 75-minute flight from DC. It feels like being in Europe. Plus, the place is full of fun, cool and nice people. I’m fortunate to have a number of outstanding friends there.
Jul 19 — the summer class we’re teaching, Sports Leadership and Management, has just a few weeks left. It’s been a great class — we’re teaching it with the Washington Nationals as our team partner. It’s been great to have execs from the various departments address our ever inquisitive students. The other highlights of this week included taking my Mom to the residence of the Japanese Ambassador for a reception honoring three Ministers that will be taking new positions (what a beautiful residence – it’s majestic and serene). And, lastly, the wedding and reception of my best friend’s niece, Becca Guthrie. It was a great celebration in Charlottesville. We are all so very happy for Becca and her husband, Ben. Wish them the best of luck.