Ambassador William “Bill” Hagerty Launches “Go for Gold”

On Saturday, June 2, 2018, U.S. Ambassador to Japan Bill Hagerty attended Sports Day event at Sugekari Elementary School, Meguro, Tokyo, with his family and Tokyo Governor Koike. At the event, Ambassador Hagerty kicked off the Embassy’s signature Olympics-related school outreach initiative, the “Go for Gold” campaign, in conjunction with the Tokyo Metropolitan Government’s Board of Education. The Hagertys also participated in the Chikyu-okuri (passing the planet) game with the Japanese students.

In English, “go for gold” means “to strive for the best possible outcome or result.” The best outcome of Go for Gold, for Japan and the United States, is to bring together American and Japanese people, to learn from one another, and to make friends. The motto of the Olympics is “faster, higher, stronger” and Go for Gold hopes to inspire thousands of children across Tokyo to learn about America with the same bold enthusiasm.

Go for Gold schools will have the opportunity to host and interact with an American diplomats as part of their study of the United States. Go for Gold is also an opportunity for American diplomats to meet young Japanese people and to discover Japan through their eyes. #G4G