All of you probably remember Osamu Ichikawa, the Japanese Street Fighter player who was diagnosed with brain paralysis from a very young age. One of his biggest dreams as a competitive player was to be able to travel to the United States and attend EVO, as tournaments of the same scope in Japan are much harder for him to attend and compete at. In order to help him make the trip, a special donation drive was organized by Tom Cannon earlier this year and, needless to say, it was a success, thanks to the hundreds of donators that also wanted to see Osamu’s dream come true.
This weekend, Alex Jebailey took the opportunity to sit down with Osamu and conduct an interview on behalf of Shoryuken and Cross Counter. They spend some time discussing his favorite moments of the tournament so far and who his favorite players are, as well as the opportunity he’s been afforded to compete thanks to the accommodations found in the United States.
Along with Osamu, we would like to offer our own thanks to everyone who pitched in to help him get to EVO 2012. This is just another example of the great things that can be accomplished when we come together in support of a cause.
Source: Cross Counter