Utah Scout honors ancestor by donating soccer balls to school in Japan

It is easy to forget about the tragedy that surrounds the Yamashita Middle School here while watching a soccer game in this community in northern Japan. Shouts of joy, in stark contrast to the recent sorrow, fill the atmosphere as the ball moves up and down the field.

And that's just what Sterling Peterson, 17, a Timpview High School student from Utah, wanted.

He traveled to Japan to do what he could to help these students after a 9.0 earthquake and powerful tsunami devastated their community. Four of their classmates died in the disaster, which left 15,401 dead, displaced thousands and destroyed more than 551,000 homes throughout Japan, according to the National Police Agency. To date, some 8,146 people remain missing.

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