[From left: Um Hong-gil, Leader of the Um Hong Gil Human Foundation, and Cho Ki-nam, Director of Wave Company]
Wave Company, a sports technology startup, announced on November 22 that it had signed an agreement with the Um Hong Gil Human Foundation on November 2 to support educational and sports development in Nepal.
Through this agreement, Wave Company plans to support the Um Hong Gil Human School in Nepal by providing volleyball equipment, allowing Nepalese students to engage in a wider range of sports activities. Wave, which is the exclusive distributor in South Korea for Mikasa volleyballs (used in the V-League and certified by the FIVB, the International Volleyball Federation), also develops and manufactures "WaveWear", a functional balance wear incorporating taping technology used by rehabilitation medicine and sports doctors.
Nancy Cho, CEO of Wave Company, expressed hopes that the sports equipment support agreement would help students become healthier and learn teamwork through physical activities.
Meanwhile, the Um Hong Gil Human Foundation, established in 2008 by Um Hong Gil, a mountaineer who was the first to climb all 16 peaks of the Himalayas over 8,000 meters, and his supporters, conducts educational and medical support projects in developing countries like Nepal. The foundation also supports educational projects for youths domestically and internationally, as well as support projects for underprivileged groups. Since 2009, the foundation has been building schools named 'Human Schools' in remote villages of Nepal, the gateway to Everest, with a total of 17 schools completed so far.