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2011 Houston YFT Summer Activity

by

Frank Yu

Incredible Pizza with all you can eat and fair ground rides and games, rocking and rolling family entertainment had been Houston Yee Fung Toy Association (YFT) favorite choice for our summer activity.  Then, bowling, followed by barbeque at Papa’s, wasn’t much far behind.  These venues are indoor and air-conditioned.  They provide fun and enjoyment for the young and a convenient place for the elders to reminisce episodes of yore.  What about the college students and young adults?  Their life-style and taste have yet been catered to or accommodated at these functions.  They, nonetheless, hopefully will one day be filling in as officers of the Houston Chapter.  It is to this ends that YFT Board decided to venture an outing to Brazos Bend State Park on August 6, 2011.

Brazos Bend State Park is a 4,897-acre site along the Brazos River in Needville.  It is a haven for a diverse mix of native wildlife and plants covering an equally diverse range of ecosystems. Highlights of the Park's numerous inhabitants include over 300 species of resident and visiting migratory birds and mammals like white-tailed deer, nine-banded armadillos, foxes, racoons, and North American river otters. The most noteworthy and popular residents of the park are the relatively large population of American alligators.

The Banquet Hall (capacity 150) with ceiling fans, air-conditioning, kitchen facilities, a barbecue pit, tables and chairs, and a restroom was rented as our headquarters with catered BBQ for lunch. 

Roger Yu is credited with coordinating all aspects of this activity: mail out, renting Banquet Hall, arranging BBQ catering and purchasing accessories.  He was ably assisted by wife Elaine and brother Alan, sons and friends for tables and chairs set ups early that morning.  By 10 am, in cycling jargon a la Tour de France, the peloton was all ready to tackle the Elm Lake-Spillway-40-Acre Lake round trip expedition.   Other guests soon arrived and entertained themselves either inside the Banquet Hall or took leisurely strolls around the campsite. 

 

   

Last minute instructions                         The alligator always has the right-of-way

Alan led the way with a super mountain bike equipped with GPS while elder statesman Frank tagged along as the tail-end-Charlie.  A 13-foot alligator blocked our way along the Spillway trail and we wisely yielded right of way to this resident attraction.  The observation tower served as the midway point for water stop.  The scenery atop commanded a panoramic view of this Park, where we took a picture to reflect a sense of accomplishment for posterity.

David Chung offered grace to thank the Lord for bringing us together in this wonder and natural surroundings and he was promptly awarded for being the raffle winner for 2 nights and 3 days at a Galveston condo, generously donated by Dorothy Yee.  Despite the stretch of 100 degrees weather in the concrete jungle in Houston, Brazos Bend offered a relief of slightly lower temperatures in wilderness surroundings.  Almost 60 people attended this function.

 

            88-year old “Uncle Lewis” and wife Roberta never missed a Yee picnic

As always, Vickie Ong did a diligent and thorough job in screening out the scholarship applications. The 2011 Yee scholarship winners are (l to r): Elizabeth Yee, Kevin Yee, Theresa Yee, Peter Yu, Christopher Yee (not pictured) and Hilary Woo (not present).

The clean-up, disassembling of folding tables, stacking of chairs, disposing of trash and mopping of the dining hall were done in a flash by all volunteers, young and old.  We restored the Banquet hall the same way we found it that morning.  I am sure the park rangers will remember Yee Fung Toy Association of Houston. 

I have been the President of this Houston Chapter for more than 15 years. I am glad that we made the right decision to venture into a unique place to hold our summer outing, where we can all enjoy and serve together.  I am particularly proud of the spirit and willingness of these younger Yee generations.  We are in good hands!

2011年休斯敦余风彩堂夏季郊游

余颂辉作   鄧潤京译

                  在这个夏季,休斯敦余风彩堂 给我们带来了丰富的家庭娱乐,令人难以置信的比萨饼连锁店可以吃到饱以及操场上骑车和游戏。还有,更加舒适点我们可以去打保龄球。不要忘了,这些活动都在室内举行并有空调。这些为孩子们提供娱乐和享受,让家长老前辈们回忆往昔。大学生和年轻人又如何?他们的生活方式和品味尚未被融入到这些活动中来。无论如何,希望总有一天年轻人会填补到余风彩堂休斯敦分会的理事会中来。这就为什么余风彩堂理事会决定组织2011 8 6 日到布拉索斯弯省公园(Brazos Bend State Park)去郊游。

       布拉索斯弯公园位于尼德维尔市(Needville)的布拉索斯河畔 ,占地4,897 英亩。它被多元化的野生动植物覆盖,是广泛的生态系统天堂。值得一提的是公园里的很多居住和迁徙的鸟类和哺乳动物,例如,白尾鹿、九条带状犰狳、 狐狸、 浣熊,北美河水獭等 300 余种生物。公园里体型较大,数量最多,最值得注意的野生动物是美国鳄鱼。

                能容纳150人宴会大厅临时租用作为我们举办烧烤午餐的总部。这里有吊扇、 空调、 厨房设施、 烧烤炉、 桌子和椅子,最重要的是有厕所。

            本次郊游要感谢Roger 余世 傑协调组织了活动的各个方面,其中包括:邮递邀请信,租赁宴会大厅、 安排烧烤餐饮和采购。他那天一早就到场,在妻子素 英(Elaine)哥哥世雄(Alan)以及儿子和朋友们的协助下,将桌子和椅子摆好。上午1000点,用环法自行车赛术语Peloton, 成员循环往返绕行Elm Lake-Spillway- 40-Acre Lake车轮旅行探险开始。同时,其他客人也很快抵达,他们自己进入招待宴会大厅或者围绕营地悠闲漫步。

                    

自行车队做最后一刻的指示                                                     在这条路上,鳄鱼总是有优先权

                余世雄的超级山地自行车配备了地球定位装置,充当队伍的前导;而老会长余颂辉(Frank)则尾随压阵。一条13英尺长的鳄鱼阻拦了我们沿羊肠小道骑行的道路,我们当然明智地給予这位当地原住民应有的道路优先权。瞭望塔刚好是这条路线的中间点。

 

在这上面可以看到整个公园的全景                           我们拍的照片很有成就感

            余漢池(David Chung)感谢上帝让我们在如此优美的自然环境里聚集在一起,同时,他抽奖幸运得中,得到由Dorothy Yee慷慨捐赠的加尔斯顿海洋公寓免费入住 3 2 夜。在休斯敦气温达到华氏 100 度,在布拉索斯弯省公园旷野的环境中温度略有降低。尽管如此,仍有60 人参加了今天的这个活动。

                                                 

88 岁高龄的余厚義大叔和妻子Roberta从来就没有错过余风彩堂的餐会

 

                 一如既往,Vickie Ong余秀娟的勤奋工作是审查奖学金申请,并从中筛选出奖学金得主。2011年余风彩堂的奖学金得主是:(左起)余美華Elizabeth Yee,余健輝Kevin Yee,余穎欣Theresa Yee,余健威PeterChristopher Yee(不在照片中) 余淑德(Hilary Wu)(当天没来)。

                 清洁工作,拆卸折叠桌、收起椅子、 处理垃圾和打扫餐厅都被所有的青年志愿者和老年志愿者完成。我们恢复了宴会大厅在那天早上我们进来时候的样子。我相信休斯敦 余风彩堂会给公园的管理人员留下很好的印象。

                我已经担任休斯顿余风彩堂会长 15 多年了。我很高兴我们做出正确的决定,在炎热的夏天外出,到这样一个独特的地方举办郊游,我们可以一起享受和服务他人。我特别为余氏年轻一代的健康成长而感到骄傲和欣慰。我们的前途无量!

Religions of the Silk Road

Interfaith Ministries for Greater Houston and the High School for Performing and Visual Arts collaborated with representatives of Houston area Islam, Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Christianity, Zoroastrianism and Judaism to put together a play entitled: The Religions of the Silk Road that was presented at the annual Houston International Festival on May 8, 2011. 

Debutant Frank Yu of Yee Fung Toy Association acted as a follower of Confucius.  He was seen making a bow at the finale.

201158日在休斯敦年度国际节上,大休斯敦多信仰局和高中演艺协会联袂休斯顿地区伊斯兰教、佛教、儒教、印度教、基督教、袄教、犹太教的代表同台演出了舞台剧“丝绸之路的宗教”。

初次登台的余风彩堂主席余颂辉扮演孔子门徒。图中的他正在谢幕致意。

 

2010 Yee Foy Toy Association of Houston

Annual Summer Party and Scholarship Awards

The Yee Fung Toy (YFT) Association of Houston annual summer party was held at Palace Bowling Lanes on afternoon August 1, 2010. More than 50+ people participated in the afternoon event. All participants enjoyed either bowling or the social conversation with each others. Everyone had a wonderful time.

Later that evening, the association held the scholarship awards at Papa B-B-Q. More than 104 people participated in the evening event. With our strong families and characteristic cultural emphasis on good education, the association is always delighted to highlight our annual gathering occasion with scholarship awards to our youths to encourage them to set good examples and to continue their excellence in their every endeavor. Our Scholarship Committee was led by long-time Chairwoman Ms. Vickie Ong. As listed below, Ms. Vickie Ong introduced the awardees of 2009-2010 at their respective levels of educational accomplishments, with acknowledgements as well of their rightfully proud parents. Good luck next year to all the youth members! Continue striving for excellence!

Name

Age

Sex

Parents' Names

中英姓名

年齡

父母姓名

Elizabeth Yee 余美華

14

F

Gene/Mary Yee

Hilary Woo 余淑德

12

F

Eugene/Nancy Woo

Kevin Yee 余健輝

14

M

Grace Yee

Tannon Yu 余德朗

15

M

Esmond Yu

Emma Yee

15

F

Richard/Debbie Yee

Theresa Yee 余穎欣

16

F

Grace Yee

Peter Yu 余建威

17

M

Richard/Judy Yu

Michelle Yee 余美心

18

F

Gene/Mary Yee

Michael Fan 范凱靜

18

M

Alice/Lawrence Fan

Michael Yu 余建豪

18

M

Richard/Judy Yu

Quinnon Yu 余均朗

18

M

Esmond Yu

After the awards, dinner was served. Everyone enjoyed the sweet tea, bread, pasta salad, and the barbeque meats. The whole evening event was under relax and joyful atmosphere.

Go and enjoy a good summer and the rest of the year.  Now that Yao Ming has fully recovered, we hope to see each other at the Houston Rockets season opener at the Toyota Center scheduled for the first week of November.   The YFT of Houston supported this function many times in the past.  We look forward to seeing you there.

Reported by Richard Yu

                                                                                     
休斯頓余風采堂2010年度夏天聚會和獎學金宴會

休斯頓余風采堂於八月一日下午在宮殿保齡球俱樂部舉行2010年度夏天聚會. 大約五十多人參加這下午活動所有參加者有些玩保齡球, 有些輕鬆交談。每人有一個愉快的下午。

當天晚上,休斯頓余風采堂在Papa B- B Q 舉行2010年度獎學金宴會堂主席、顧問、元老及各位族人近100多人出席場面熱鬧。秉承一貫余氏家族強壮家庭價值觀和重視教育的傳統, 頒發獎學金是每年度聚會的重頭戏獎學金用於鼓勵我族青少年勤奮向學, 樹立好的社會榜樣, 為族人爭光. 我們的獎學金委員會由秀娟女士所領導. 秀娟女士介紹每位獎學金得獎者和他們的父母全場給所有獎得者熱烈鼓掌. 祝他們繼續為優異成绩而努力!以下是獎學金得獎者的名單

 

Name

Age

Sex

Parents' Names

中英姓名

年齡

父母姓名

Elizabeth Yee 余美華

14

F

Gene/Mary Yee

Hilary Woo 余淑德

12

F

Eugene/Nancy Woo

Kevin Yee 余健輝

14

M

Grace Yee

Tannon Yu 余德朗

15

M

Esmond Yu

Emma Yee

15

F

Richard/Debbie Yee

Theresa Yee 余穎欣

16

F

Grace Yee

Peter Yu 余建威

17

M

Richard/Judy Yu

Michelle Yee 余美心

18

F

Gene/Mary Yee

Michael Fan 范凱靜

18

M

Alice/Lawrence Fan

Michael Yu 余建豪

18

M

Richard/Judy Yu

Quinnon Yu 余均朗

18

M

Esmond Yu

頒獎之, 大家享受丰富的晚餐: 甜茶,麵包,義大利沙拉,和燒烤肉。整個晚宴在輕鬆和愉快的氣氛下進行。

在過去几年, 休斯頓余風采堂很多次讚助会员观看休斯頓火箭队球季首場比赛. 今年休斯頓火箭球季首場比赛將在 11 月的首星期在豐田中心举行. 姚明已经完全恢復過來了將会參加首場比赛. 希望大家到时侯能够到现场观看期待在那裡看見你。

再會!!

 

 

Cheering Tour to San Antonio

Joining the Spring Trip was Great, Witnessing the Win was Even Better

 

The annual Spring Cheering Tour to San Antonio, our I-10 rival, took place on Sunday, March 22, 2009.  Two 56-seating capacity VIP buses were in front of the Houston Chinese Community Center to pick up Yao Ming Fan Club (YMFC) members and friends, cartons of T-shirts, raffle-ticket prizes, and various paraphernalia for the journey.  Crammed into the front row of Bus 2 was a familiar 6? 9?figure affectionately known as Yao Dad. His presence certainly added much credence to our mission and support, in as much as for him to cheer for his proud son Yao Ming battling Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs.

                                          UT and TAMU Group taken at the State Capitol

 The 112 bus riders would later be joined by over 200 fans from Houston, Austin, College Station, and Kingsville driving-in, and from San Antonio locally. Board member Fengxiang Qiao actually asked Yao Dad to sign on the special event YMFC banner and then drove to Austin with three other students to the State Capitol for group photos.  The University of Texas at Austin and the Texas A&M University students group posed with the signed banner, the Chinese flag, the USA flag, with the Texas State Capitol Building in the background. This historic photo is one to be treasured for posterity.

Simultaneously, Board member Zhong Xie would then drive to San Antonio with his group to act as the advance party.  He was the on-site co-coordinator for logistic support, parking designation, issuance of game tickets, meal vouchers, and photo session passes.

This armada of vehicles converging at the AT&T Center was the largest ever assembled under the YMFC banner for an away game.

Twenty tickets to the next home game vs the Los Angeles Clippers, donated by the Houston Rockets, were raffled off along with many prizes.  Songs were sung, stories were narrated, and jokes were told by would be future stars and comedians.  A DVD of The Year of the Yao was shown to provide entertainment as well.  To see Yao Dad reminisce the real life story of his own family rolling in front of the TV monitor was very touching, indeed.

Veteran Board member Jiahuang Ji recognized new Board member Frank Yu for his chores for preparing the trip, which he gladly accepted as part of his duty for being a rookie.  He then cited how Yao Ming acquiesced to toting the shoe bag for Steve Francis, as part of the NBA players? unwritten initiation process, to that Yao Dad readily testified.

Our buses arrived in downtown San Antonio in front of McDonald, Alamo Plaza before noon. Before alighting Bus 2, all passengers were told to re-board the bus at the same location by 1:15 pm. Further, they were emphatically told to take down Peter Huang’s cell number in case they were lost in the River Walk area.  We all scattered around and went our separate ways for lunch, sight-seeing, boat rides merrily in gorgeous spring weather.

By 1:25 pm, all, except two, were accounted for onboard Bus 2. Lo and behold, Peter and Yao Dad were declared, per our Mission Control, MIA (missing-in-action). They did what most of the first-timers to the River Walk area were told not to do—go up to the surface streets to take a short cut.  They ended up in the Alamo area.  Yao Dad, being much taller, strode way ahead with poor Peter, huffing and puffing, trailing in a blind-leading-the blind adventure.  They were already 10 minutes overdue when Peter finally flagged down a tricycle for the desperate McDonald rendezvous.  Did we ever hail a sigh of relief when we pulled out around 1:35 pm.

                                          Partial Group taken at the basketball court, AT&T Center

The 40-minute ride to AT&T Center, amid the pre-game traffic, was painstaking.  The 200 odd in the advance parties were waiting impatiently at one of the entrances.  Finally, we were all ushered in prior to the tip-off.  Among many of the fellow nose-bleed ticket holders were Rockets supporters from Houston and San Antonio.  We felt quite at home.  The game was nip-and-tuck, ebbs-and–flow all the way to the last 0.3 second, 87-85 in favor of the Houston Rockets.  To celebrate this rare away victory at the Alamo City, we descended to Section 122 and entered the main floor of the basketball court for our epic group photos—resplendent in newly designed Yao Fan T-shirts and banners.  What a thrill and exhilarating experience for those joining us first time on this trip.  As the old Texan saying goes:  Y’all come back now, you hear!

 

                                          Partial Group taken at the basketball court, AT&T Center

Our homeward journey was filled with high spirits and satisfaction.  We sang, laughed and gave high-fives to each other.  Our buses arrived at the Chinese Community Center shortly before 9:00 pm, early enough for the youngsters to get ready for Monday school, after a joyous Spring break.

The sheer number of member participants for an away game, the meticulous preparation, the affordable round-trip bus fare-game ticket-meal-Tshirt, the pledge for sponsorship, the unfailing attention of Board members overcoming unforeseen adversities, the embracement of fellowship-spirit-togetherness, and, finally, the pivotal victory of Rockets over Spurs certainly would render this March 22, 2009, a day worthy to be listed in the Annals of Yao Ming Fan Club.

 

            Board Members with Yao Dady                                                                                                                            Frank Yu, Yao Ming Fan Club                                                                                                                                                             www.yaofanclub.org

 

2009 Houston YFT Association Banquet

 

The annual Spring and Scholarships Banquet was held at the spacious Ocean Palace Restaurant on February 15.  The gracious presence of People’s Republic of China Houston Consulate Office, starting in 2007, with representatives Deputy Consul General Zhou Ding 中国驻休斯顿总领事馆副总领事周鼎and Consul Kaimin Chu 领事储开旻has added more dimension to this occasion.  The Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Houston 駐休士頓台北經濟文化辦事處Director Jason Lai赖澄民and Culture Center Deputy Director Wei-Zan Wang王伟讚were also on hand. Their unfailing continual attendance of this annual function since our 1988 inauguration year is much appreciated. 

The theme of the evening was the scholarships presentation.  The award is not on a competitive but on a good grade average basis, to all our Yee youngsters.   It was touching to see parents snapping photos of their proud kids receiving the trophies and the checks.  Recipients and respective parents are shown below:

           

Name

Age

Sex

Parents' Names

中英姓名

年齡

父母姓名

Elizabeth Yee 余美華

13

F

Gene/Mary Yee

Dana Joe 周穎賢

13

M

Larry/Margie Joe

Kevin Yee 余健輝

13

M

Grace Yee

Mark D. Bruce 永基

14

M

Juliana Yee Bruce

Emma Yee

14

F

Richard/Debbie Yee

Jeffrey Joe 周铭仰

16

M

Larry/Margie Joe

Theresa Yee 余穎欣

15

F

Grace Yee

Peter Yu 余建威

15

M

Richard/Judy Yu

Mathew J. Bruce 永杰

17

M

Juliana Yee Bruce

Michael Fan 范凱靜

17

M

Alice/Lawrence Fan

Abigail Yee

17

F

Richard/Debbie Yee

Michael Yu 余建豪

17

M

Richard/Judy Yu

Melody Yee 余誠娟

17

F

Tommy Yee

 

The highlight of the evening was the raffle drawing of gift certificates, cash prizes and the Houston Rockets team signature ball. 

The banquet started at 7:00 pm and finished at 8:45 pm, lest our Yee youngsters would be late for schools the next day and, above all, had enough time to catch the second half of the annual NBA All Star Game, of which our Yao Ming at starting center for the West 7th straight time in Phoenix.

 

 

                       PRC Consulate Officials                             Taipei Economic and Culture Office Officials

         

                                  2009 Houston Yee Fung Toy Association Officers

                     

                            Lucky Signature Ball Winner                   Always say grace before dinner

 

休斯頓風采堂主席余頌輝前往中國參加廣東省僑聯慶祝成立五十周年

出席大休斯頓地區傳統僑社祝賀廣東省僑聯成立五十周年志慶包括余風采堂主席余頌輝 (世界名人網 )
 

余風采堂主席余頌輝(左五)出席參加大休斯頓地區傳統僑社感恩節晚宴及祝賀廣東省僑聯成立五十周年志慶時與大休斯頓地區傳統僑社代表們合照。
 

二零零八年十二月十二日(星期五)上午,廣東省僑聯成立五十周年紀念大會在廣州白雲國際會議中心,嶺南大會堂隆重舉行。
 

 
 

此次中國廣東省僑聯舉行的慶祝大會,邀請三十多個國家一百一十三個僑團的五百二十一名代表出席。前往中國參加廣東省僑聯慶祝成立五十周年活動海內外各界代表包括休斯頓余風采堂主席余頌輝,他同時也代表休斯頓五邑同鄉會出席。
 

休斯頓余風采堂主席余頌輝伉儷參加廣東省僑聯慶祝成立五十周年
 

在上午舉行的紀念大會上,中國僑聯副主席、省僑聯黨組書記、主席王榮寶致詞。廣東省僑聯與海外五大洲三十多個國家的一百一十三個僑團締結成為友好社團;向來自海外、港澳台的代表贈送了「中國印」;向全省二百三十六名從事僑聯工作三十年以上的工作者頒發榮譽證書。廣東省僑聯副主席張恭泰倡議廣大歸僑僑眷、海外僑胞和港澳同胞慷慨解囊,幫助四川地震災區重建北川中學,把北川中學打造成為僑界愛的豐碑。

五十年來,廣東已建立了比較發達的僑聯組織體係,截至二零零八年,全省僑聯組織發展到六千七百二十六個,深入基層、社區、村鎮;創建了五大工作平臺,廣東省僑聯法律顧問委員會成為維護僑益的利器,廣東省僑界仁愛基金會成為僑聯開展扶貧濟困工作的載體,廣東國際華商會成為僑商發展和經濟建設的「服務器」,廣東省僑聯青年委員會成為僑聯事業的可持續發展的生力軍,廣東僑聯網站等僑刊鄉訊成為僑聯開展文化傳播、對外宣傳的「喉舌」。
 

目前,廣東省僑聯已和世界上一百一十多個國家和地區的一千二百多個華僑華人社團建立了緊密聯係,形成一支宏大的愛國愛鄉、對我友好力量。
 

On New Year Eve exactly 100 members and friends will attend the Houston vs Milwaukee NBA game.
 

Top raffle prize at the 2009 Houston YFT Spring banquet

As a member of the Executive Board of Yao Ming Fan Club, I was able to get the minimum 100 discounted tickets, with partial subsidy from our Summer Activities Fund, to secure a Rockets signature basketball.
 

We plan to use the ball as our top raffle prize at the 2009 Spring banquet.
 

 
 

In case some of the readers don’t know who Yao Ming is, above is a picture of me (5'-7") standing tall above the squatting 7'-6" Yao.
 

Frank Yu, Houston

休斯頓余風采堂球迷與姚明共迎新年

圖為姚明球迷俱樂部的部分理事將由休斯頓眾多華人共同簽名的巨型橫幅贈送給火箭隊, 上面寫著?#28858;姚明鼓勁!為火箭隊加油!?(《明橋體育》供圖)
 

二零零八年十二月三十一日除夕夜,休斯敦姚明球迷俱樂部聯合眾多華人社團組織約一千五百多名華人和其他一萬多名觀眾一道在休斯敦豐田體育中心共同觀賞了休斯頓火箭隊與密爾沃基雄鹿隊的精彩對決戰,並與來自中國的籃球巨星姚明一道共同迎來了火紅的二零零九年。

《明橋體育》球迷在球員入場處列隊熱烈歡迎火箭隊入主場作戰
 

比賽開場前,由大休斯頓地區中國聯合校友會和余風采堂組成的二十名休斯頓華人和留學生球迷在球員入場處列隊熱烈歡迎火箭隊入主場作戰。姚明與其他球員一同熱情地與球迷朋友們互相擊掌致意,並散發小型籃球模型以作紀念。同時,來自休斯頓華人籃球協會的十位球迷朋友還為姚明等火箭隊球員預熱了板凳,以特殊的方式為他們祝福。


 

接著,來自休斯頓潘立平舞蹈學校的近五十名兒童和青年華裔演員們表演了精彩的中國舞蹈"過新年"。身著火紅色中國傳統服飾的演員,揮舞彩帶、手執燈籠,在火箭隊球場向火箭隊和姚明展示了吉祥喜慶的中國紅。恰巧火箭隊本賽季的吉祥色也是紅色,全場上下一片火紅,預示著二零零九年一定是一個紅紅火火的年份。

比賽中場時,姚明球迷俱樂部的部分理事將由休斯頓眾多華人共同簽名的巨型橫幅贈送給火箭隊,上面寫著 "為姚明鼓勁!為火箭隊加油!" 祝福火箭隊和姚明在二零零九年取得更好的成績。中華文化中心的十位球迷列隊歡迎姚明和其他火箭隊再次返還球場繼續第三、四節的比賽。火箭隊與雄鹿隊的比賽相當精彩,雙方分分必爭,現場扣人心弦。雖然火箭隊一直領先,但由於雄鹿隊緊咬不放,直至直至比賽結束前的幾秒鐘,仍然是險象環生,勝負未料。

大大鼓勵了姚明和火箭隊的士氣。直至戰鬥到最後一秒,火箭隊終於在主場以八十五比八十一擊敗雄鹿,取得本賽季的第二十一場勝利。整個過程中,姚明獲兩雙,出場三十分四十三秒,十八投九中、罰球四罰四中,得到二十二分和十個籃板二次助攻,並當選本場比賽最佳球員,也同時延續了姚明進入NBA以來對雄鹿主場不敗的紀錄。

2008 New Year's Eve Celebration at Toyota Center in Houston


 

Yao Ming Fan Club, with support from other Chinese organizations, spearheaded this year end celebration to witness an exciting basketball game between the Houston Rockets and the Milwaukee Bucks at the Toyota Center. The 1,500 red-clad Chinese felt right at home in front of the 18,228 capacity crowd to usher the old and welcome the new with Yao Ming.


 

The United Associations of Chinese Alumni in Houston and Yee Fung Toy Association of Houston formed a 20-member honored guard team, aka Tunnel Greeters. Upon entering the court during the pre-game warm-up, Yao Ming and team-mates slapped hands with them in appreciation. Another 10-member team served as the bench warmers, literally sitting on the players un-occupied chairs to "warm up the bench", so to speak. Finally, each member of the ball-exchange team received a mini-signature ball from each of the 5 starting line-up player. What an honor and experience!

As part of the pre-game show, Pang's Dancing Academy marshaled up 25 talented youngsters in traditional Chinese red festive costumes, toting lanterns and waving streamers to perform a spectacular New Year dance. What an accompaniment of red—Rockets team color, Chinese traditional color, and tonight’s crowd dressed in red—heralding a red hot year in 2009!

Houston YFT representative Chairman Frank Yu
 

Yao Ming Fan Club Board members presented a huge banner labeled: Go Yao Ming, Go Rockets, Shine in 2009, with signatures from many supporters, to the Houston Rockets. Each Board member was awarded a Rockets signature ball for having sold 100 or more tickets for this event. The Chinese Community Center supporters now formed the 10-member tunnel greeters to welcome the players back for the second half. Although the Rockets led all the way in the first half, the third and fourth quarters were quite different. It was nip-and tuck all the way until the final few seconds where the Rockets prevailed 85-81. The vocal support from Yao Ming Fan Club members had much to do with the outcome, as they screamed the hearts and lungs out which triggered Yao to register a double-double (22 points, 10 rebounds). His FG was 9/18 and FT was 4/4 in 30 minutes and 43 seconds earned him the game MVP, culminating an undefeated streak for all home games against the Milwaukee Bucks since his joining the NBA in 2002.

Ms. Song Haiyan sang the Drinking Song for the post game entertainment to cap off a remarkable night.
 

Source: USA Sino News
 

Translated by Frank Yu, Houston