When a professional baseball player and a cartoonist meet up, something great happened. Baseball player Chou Ssu-chi 周思齊 from the Chinese Professional Baseball League and cartoonist AO You-Hsiang had been working together to raise funds. for they have established a reading classroom in Chou's hometown of Hualien, and their objective is to imrpove young baseball players' reading abilities.
Sitting with their idol, the little baseball players of Hualien Chien-yuan Elementary School are listening to their mentor brother Chou Ssu-chi talking Taiwan baseball history. There are over a hundred baseball related books on shelves. Comics are the most popular books chosen for reading.
==PLAYER, Hualien Chien-yuan Elementary School Baseball Team==
I get to know more history about baseball.
==PLAYER, Hualien Chien-yuan Elementary School Baseball Team ==
If baseball playing were to add with history, then I have more feeling to it.
This baseball reading classroom is sponsored by Chou Ssu-chi, the baseball player of Brother Elephants of Chinese Professional Baseball League. Chou was born in Hualien and he realizes the importance of reading ability to baseball players, he called several civil groups and Taiwan Lottery Company to fund this classroom.
==CHOU SSU-CHI, Brother Elephants of Chinese Professional Baseball League==
Education and reading ability have to start when you are little. Children are like sponges, you have to offer them many resources.
How to attract young baseball players to read? Cartoon writer Ao Yo-hsiang spent two months, created a book of comics on Taiwan baseball history, from Japanese colonial period to modern times.
==AO YOU-HSIANG, Cartoonist==
I personally think comics are most suitable, because images are more acceptable by children.
This baseball reading classroom is sufficient for thirteen elementary schools which have baseball teams. To encourage little baseball players, Chou also set up scholarship, and help more elementary students on their roads to playing baseball.
TRANSLATED BY：ANTHONY LIN