The Joe Tsai Foundation will provide RMB 500,000 in funding over the next three years
A new project to promote youth athletics in China and support school administrators who are dedicated to strengthening sports education. Promoting the project is the executive vice president of Alibaba Group, Joe Tsai, and his charity organization, the Joe Tsai Foundation, which will provide RMB 500,000 in funding over the next three years.
Zhang Zhenghua, general secretary of the foundation, said: “We believe that school principals play a vital role in adolescent sports education. A principal who supports the spirit of sport can profoundly improve physical education in that school, leading to development all-round student and campus culture “.
Tsai said that effective sports education not only cultivates healthy lifestyles, but also promotes character development
Physical education is often seen as a marginal subject in the country, with schools reducing physical education time or not allocating sufficient funds for sports equipment. “These problems cannot be systematically solved by a single teacher or parent,” Zhang said.
Tsai said that effective sports education not only cultivates healthy lifestyles, but also promotes character development, which is the main factor behind the creation of the initiative. Tsai then talked about when he moved to the US at age 13.
Tsai said: “Culture and language were completely different. We even dressed differently. I thought to myself: what can I do to adapt to this society, this community? I was not able to express myself completely in class, so I decided to dedicate myself to sport “.
Many parents do not believe that physical activity is important
Tsai eventually developed a love for the game of lacrosse, which he later played at Yale. Tsai is also the owner of several professional sports teams, including the New York Liberty of the WNBA and the San Diego Seals of the National Lacrosse League, and co-owner of the Brooklyn networks.
Many parents, especially in China, think that their children should spend less time practicing sports and more time on other academic subjects, Tsai has revealed. “I think that kind of thinking is wrong. Sports education not only improves physical endurance and instills a sense of teamwork in our next generation. Also, cultivate the spirit of not being afraid of losing and accepting defeat “.
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