What is “GATSBY GLOBAL CHALLENGERS”?
The growing spread of the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted every industry, especially sport has been impacted severely.
However, we also continue to believe that sport not only brings the hope of courage and energy to people, it also possesses an embodiment of the strength needed to overcome challenges.
“GATSBY GLOBAL CHALLENGERS”, begun in last year, is the project that supports the young athletes who challenge overseas while the whole world is facing unprecedented challenges, as well as the teams who have chosen those athletes.
This is the second year of GATSBY GLOBAL CHALLENGERS and we have selected ambassadors from two countries. We hope that their challenges will bring courage and energy to the people of Asia for the EMPOWER ASIA message.
Thirdy is the first Asian Player Quota pick for the B.League and possesses physical skills and mental toughness that are off the charts. He attended the renowned Ateneo de Manila University in the Philippines, where he stood out for three years running as a most valuable player.
- ・UAAP 3 Wins (2017, 2018, 2019)
- ・UAAP Final MVP 3 Prizes (2017, 2018, 2019)
- ・PCCL Win (2018)
- ・Collegiate Press Corps Awards (2019)
- ・PBA D-League Aspirants Cup Win (2019)
- ・2019~ Philippines national team
- ・2021 B.League All Star
To begin with, I have to say how grateful I am to the Mandom Family for asking to work with me again this season. Last season wasn’t a particularly winning one for me, but I was so happy to see how resilient everyone has been in the face of COVID-19. I think the reason for this can be entirely credited to Mandom for the way they emphasize sports and EMPOWER not only within Japan but across all of Asia. I want to play even harder and win more games so I can help them fulfill their mission this year as well. And I want more people to get excited about games too.
DANG VAN LAM
As the starting goalkeeper for the Vietnam national team, he boasts an immense popularity. As the first Vietnamese goalkeeper for the J.League, he was inundated with messages of fan support locally and from his home country, when the Emperor’s Cup on June 9, 2021, his first cup match after arriving in Japan, was streamed live on YouTube. Japanese fans were impressed mightily by the magnitude of his popularity back in Vietnam
- ・AFF Championship Wins (2018)
- ・AFF Championship Best Eleven Prize (2018)
- ・VFF Cup Win (2018)
- ・King’s Cup Runner-up (2019)
- ・ASEAN Football Federation Best Eleven (2019)
- ・Thailand’s League ASEAN Best Eleven (2019)
- ・2015~ Vietnam national team
I’m really happy to see Mandom and Cerezo Osaka enter into the Empower Asia Partnership Agreement. As Vietnam, my home, and the rest of Asia struggle with the massive impacts of the pandemic, I join Mandom in their desire to use sports to bring courage and energy to the people of Asia. Starting in November, I will serve as a GGLC Project Ambassador as part of the Empower Asia Partnership Agreement for Cerezo Osaka. I hope I can help the GGLC project to achieve further success through my own performance for Cerezo Osaka.