JAMIE HAGIYA's Summer Update: November 9, 2011
Welcome to the Budokan website! I'm so excited for this facility to get up and running so we can finally have a gym of our OWN!!! It's been long overdue and I can't wait for the day where everyone can gather together for activities, practices, competitions, and games at the Budokan & then enjoy the streets of Lil Tokyo after. It'll be so great for all generations to have a reason to come to J-town so we can kill two birds with one stone... play sports & learn about the JA history, arts, and culture (maybe check out the JANM museum & eat at one of the many Japanese restaurants...that's a must!).
This past summer has been an extremely busy but AMAZING one for me. I ran my basketball camps in Maui, Seattle, San Jose, Torrance and the San Fernando Valley, as well as finished my 2010 Nisei Week Court reign as Miss Tomodachi in August. I know...being a ball player and princess at the same time seems a little odd, but my experience with Nisei Week really opened my eyes to learn and appreciate the JA community and culture. And this is why it's so important for me to give back to my community. For all that the community has done for me I hope to inspire younger generations (as well as people of all ages) to believe in themselves, set their goals high, and GO FOR BROKE!!!
For this very reason, I'm giving it my all and will be trying out for the WNBA Los Angeles Sparks next season! In fact, we put together the very first "Asian American Night" for the Sparks on August 30th where I hosted a pre-game clinic. It was a HUGE success with close to 300 kids who came out and filled the entire Staples Center Floor! At the end of the clinic, Sparks Head Coach Joe "Jellybean" Bryant (aka Kobe's dad who has also coached in Japan) came out as a special guest and talked to all of the kids and parents in the stands. The Sparks organization was very impressed with the clinic as well as the close to 1000 tickets sold for the game. This truly showed them how strong & supportive our community is & if I were to make the team... how BIG this could be for our community and their organization. So thank you to everyone who came out to the game or showed their support in other ways, you made a huge impact on the night!
The tryouts will not be held until the end of April so for the next 6 months you can find me either in the gym working on my game, LAX CrossFit working on my strength, conditioning & explosiveness (if you haven't heard of crossfit, this is the REAL deal. It will help you shed weight and get you in the best shape of your life FAST), and in my spare time training kids, putting on clinics and running team practices. I'd be MORE than happy to come out and work with your kids or their teams. If you're interested you can email me at
Thanks again for taking the time to stop by. I'm so excited for this Budokan project to start breaking ground & hopefully the next time you hear from me, I'll be the newest member of the Los Angeles Sparks!
Check out Jamie Hagiya's Basketball Clinic - LA Sparks Asian American Night on YouTube. Created by Dan Uyemura