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Yao Ming visits hope school sponsored by Yao Fund in Yunnan

By : InKunming|Updated: 2011-10-29

Yao Ming, a former Chinese player in the NBA, looks at a handiwork made by students in a hope elementary school which is sponsored by Yao Fund in Ninglang County, southwest China's Yunnan province. [Provided to InKunming]

Yao Ming, one of the tallest former Chinese players in the NBA, visited Ninglang-Yao Fund Hope Elementary School in Ninglang County, Yunnan province yesterday(Oct 28). It is the first hope elementary school subsidized by Yao Fund in Yunnan.

Though Yao tried to not affect the students' formal studying, his arrival attracted children's attention. Yao visited the teaching facilities in this school and communicated with students who sang ballad to appreciate what Yao Fund had done to their school. Later, Yao played table-tennis with students.

The education of ethnic teenagers moved Yao much and he said:"Today, I see a lot of students in diverse folk costumes, which is a symbol of different culture of ethnic groups. Though their nationalities differ from each other, their smiles on the faces and eagerness to knowledge are the same. We will continue to care about these schools where these ethnic teenagers attend. We want them to know ethnic children can also receive good education. Fifty-six ethnic groups in China are like fifty-six flowers which can be of great gorgeous."

"After visiting this school, I feel a sense of achievement. It is a big encouragement for me from donating to see this dream come true finally. But, I think, my trip makes troubles for students and teachers here. I want to visit the schools in other style next time,"said Yao.

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