Contributing to Society
Support for a Children’s Soccer Class
In October 2012, Konica Minolta provided support for a soccer class for children in Miyagi Prefecture (one of the areas devastated by the Great East Japan Earthquake), organized by the United Sports Foundation, which conducts charitable activities based on sports. The aim of the event was to communicate to children through soccer the power of sport to develop courage, to provide excitement, and to unite people. It also served to support reconstruction after the earthquake, contribute to the region, and promote sport among the younger generation. A leading boys and girls soccer coach, Tom Byer, was invited to instruct the class, with help from the players of futsal team Shonan Bellmare. Fifty-seven boys and girls from elementary and junior high schools in Ishinomaki, Sendai, and other parts of Miyagi Prefecture took part. After instruction in practical skills, they played a mini game.
Holding Running Classes
The Konica Minolta Track and Field Club has made a mark in many long-distance relay road races and medium-to-long distance races. It holds running classes, which are available to the public, at the club's training base in Tokyo and other venues across Japan. Each class has 100 to 150 participants, varying from elementary school students to adults. They receive coaching from the club's members on everything from basic stretching to their running form.
Summer Kids Golf
Summer Kids Golf
Konica Minolta is a special sponsor of the Summer Kids Days golf workshops run by the Ladies Professional Golfers Association of Japan. These events are held across the country with the goal of giving elementary and junior high school students easy access to the experience of playing golf.
Support for a Charity Golf Tournament
Konica Minolta Business Solutions Denmark a/s, a sales company for office equipment and solutions, donates balls and other supplies for a charity golf tournament held biennially in Denmark. All revenue from the tournament is donated to support subsidies given to children with heart disease.
Cooperation in Sporting Events for Children
Konica Minolta Business Solutions Denmark, a sales company for office equipment and solutions, is the main sponsor of the Konica Minolta Cup, a soccer tournament for young athletes from countries across Europe.