Teams Kai and Aina host special free football clinch for Hawai’i youth
The Hula Bowl offers players who compete in the annual postseason all star game an opportunity to not only showcase their talents in the field but also in the community.
Players from Team Kai and Team Aina spend much of their free time in the days leading up to the game hosting free football clinics for local youth and even holding free food drive donations to benefit those in need. In last seasons reboot game after the fatal deaths of two Honolulu police offers in Diamond Head, the Hula Bowl donated a portion of their ticket proceeds to the department.
Executive Director of the Hula Bowl Rich Miano believes the imprint the players make in Hawai’i ahead of the game is just as important as their performance on the field.
“It is so important to have the players in the community,” said Miano. “We spend a tremendous amount of time hosting these clinics so that local kids get an opportunity to experience football along with education and nutrition.”
Members from last years games also flew to neighbor islands to host free clinics alongside former NFL head coach Rex Ryan. The Hula Bowl also believes that the game is a celebration of culture and football here in Hawai’i. Free tickets were given to kupuna as well as local youth and military in the days leading up to the game.
The Kupa’a scholarship was also implemented to financially assist local Polynesian football players here in Hawai’i to continue to chase their NFL dreams in the mainland. While much of what goes into the preparation of the game is seen in the final product at Aloha Stadium, the impact made on the local community goes far beyond it.