The Japan Basketball Association’s board of directors revealed during its Wednesday meeting that it is awarding Slam Dunk manga creator Takehiko Inoue with a special commendation. The award is part of the association’s 80th anniversary celebration. The special commendation recognizes Inoue’s contribution to the growing popularity of the basketball in Japan, as well as the Slam Dunk Scholarship that he established in collaboration with his publisher Shueisha. Since 2007, the scholarship has been sending Japan’s top high school players to study abroad in America, where they study English and prepare to possibly play basketball in America’s National Collegiate Athletic Association.
I admire Inoue-sensei more.. ^_^ And cool, they have Slam Dunk Scholarship.. 🙂