■Comments by participating players
I went to the shelter with the intention of lifting the spirits of the children there, but found myself, on the contrary, cheered by the smiles of the children I encountered. I realized that, through these activities, volunteers not only give things to others but also learn things from others. I hope to continue taking an active part in them. (Excerpted from the official Sony Sendai FC blog, Takahito Seta (MF), posted on March 25).
Two months have passed since the earthquake struck. There are still many people living under very difficult conditions in the affected areas. I have no doubt that each and every one of them is refusing to lose heart and doing his or her best to usher in recovery at the earliest possible date. That's why I, too, am determined to do what I can to help them out, even if only a little.
We gained a precious experience during the two months when we were unable to have football matches. I went to Ishinomaki to help with the removal of rubble and mud. I played football with the children at Matsugahama Elementary School in the town of Shichigahama and the cultural center in the city of Tagajo, and collected donations for the victims before our match with the Vegalta squad. I met various people, and they all were full of vitality - they gave me a lot of power. (Excerpted from the official Sony Sendai FC blog, Kazuyuki Maeda (MF), posted on May 25).