Matthew Adams and Brandon Chung at a cultural values workshop.
Matthew Adams and Brandon Chung at a cultural values workshop.


Calling all pro golfers, amateur golfers, and families of all sizes! Come out to participate in the 12th annual Rising Stars Miniature Golf Tournament on Saturday, March 7, at Camelot Golfland, located at 3200 E. Carpenter Ave. in Anaheim, to support a group that prepares the youths of today to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Presale tickets for the event are $10 for children 10 and under and $15 for adults, while tickets sold at the door will cost $15 for children and $20 for adults. For those who do not wish to participate in the tournament, buying only lunch — all-you-can-eat pizza, salad, as well as drinks — will cost $10.

Rising Stars 12 participants at Oiwake.
Rising Stars 12 participants at Oiwake.

The tournament will begin at 9 a.m. and finish at 2 p.m. Children will receive tokens to use in the arcade, and all participants will receive a goodie bag. At the end of the tournament, prizes will be awarded to the winners of separate age groups.

A raffle will also take place after lunch for a chance to win even more prizes. Raffle tickets are being sold by participating members of Rising Stars and can also be purchased at the event for $2. Top prizes will be two tickets to Disneyland, a GoPro camera, and an iPad Mini for third, second, and first place, respectively. Ticket-holders do not need to be present to win.

The Rising Stars Youth Leadership Program, sponsored by the Nikkei Federation, is a five-month leadership development and cultural educational program that focuses on high school students. The program is engineered towards developing leadership skills applicable in school, the workplace, and their communities through a series of interactive workshops. Skills include speaking to persuade others, assertiveness, and financial fitness.

In addition, the participants engage in many beneficial activities, such as learning more about Little Tokyo’s historical landmarks through a walking tour, or getting the opportunity to meet many new people and start networking through a networking workshop. At the end of the program, the skills they have learned are put to the test as they organize and manage the miniature golf tournament fundraiser.

For more information on the Rising Stars Youth Leadership Program or regarding the golf tournament, or to become a sponsor or donor, go to For additional information, contact Glenn Nakatani at (626) 915-5388 or

Brandon Chung is a participant in the 2014-2015 Nikkei Federation Rising Stars Youth Leadership Program. He is a junior and attends Mark Keppel High School.

Walking tour with Bill Shishima.
Walking tour of Little Tokyo with Bill Shishima.

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