Has your high school team made a difference in the life of an individual or organization? If so, tell us your team's Life matters experience!
HawaiiUSA's Life matters Award is about the spirit of giving back to others. Your team plays hard for school pride. How does it show "heart" away from the game? The athletic team that shares the most meaningful Life matters experience could win a $500 contribution to your school's athletic department.
Two winning schools will be selected in December, with another two schools honored again in March.
To nominate your team, please complete the form below. All fields are required.
"This past Friday I went to watch my son play against Leilehua. The stadium was packed in Mililani being homecoming. The aisles were full with people walking back and forth. As I walked through the crowd I saw a handicapped student and his Father coming and stepped aside to let them pass.
After the game the team did their Alma Mater and moved to the side. The head coach from Mililani Coach York brought this handicapped student that I saw earlier on the field with his Dad to the team and presented him with the game ball. Then they proceeded to sing the Alma Mater again with the student. The team sang with such vigor and enthusiasm it was something very special to see.
I could see his Dad fighting back the tears as his son sang with the team. After the song it was a series of hugs, pats on the back and handshakes from the team. I wish someone would have video taped it. Kudos to Coach York, his staff and all the Mililani Varsity football players for making such a memorable day that this student will remember forever. It\'s not something you read about in the papers or see on the news. It was really awesome to witness. This team is something special."
"Theres a lot to tell about our softball program and not just Our team. Our softball girls are destined to give back to others.
They held FREE softball clinics for kids ages 5- 14 years, volunteer their time to neighboring elementary schools at fun fairs, supported the local boy scouts troop at there annual breakfast event, volunteer on campus working at athletic concessions, work in the school cafeteria serving lunch, joined the lunch bunch group with our special needs students, volunteer at the annual Kailua fun-run walk, and more. Our clinics were free of charge but we accepted can hoods and toiletries for families and toys for tots donations during the holidays.
One of the special events we do during our softball seasons have been bringing in guest speakers who talk about life. The past years we had college alums and also roz makaula sharing her mana'o about breast cancer awareness. This past season we held a softball clinic and raised funds to support Aunty Connies expenses with her fight of being in remission. This year in our JV season, we hope to find another organization or family that we can share our love and support too.
We don't have a softball team; instead we have a softball program that Instills many lessons other than softball. Priority is academics and trying to have no girls on academic probation by the of our season. Our girls also have to do minimum 2 hours of study hall a week and are usually on campus helping out teachers and staff when needed. Our demands are a lot but it is nothing different than what a student athlete will face when they attend college. So we are just trying to prepare them for real work situations that many of our Players will eventually experience.
If you get a chance to meet our girls then you may see a different side to our program than your everyday softball team. Mahalo."
"Year round our girls put a lot of time into their community.
We participate in Project Unify. Which is a mission to include\r\nStudents with disabilities into our school community. We are also diligent and participate in Special Olympics with the Hilo High School S.O. Delegation. our girls participate in area and state competition with this group. This a lifelong bonding relationship.
Besides participating with Project Unify and Special Olympics, we have been an advocate for OSMD. This a Muscular Dystrophy foundation that raises awareness for such disease. We have walked around certain stretches of the big island with the founder, Daryl Sampaga. He completed the island in 26 days walking over 300 miles with the disease.
Besides these 3 groups out girls have done awareness games during our season for breast cancer and leukemia. I have had a player cut her high school career short because of leukemia. We were able to do blood drives and raise money to help defer her medical bills and she has since received her bone marrow transplant last year and is doing well. I have lost coaching mentors to leukemia also.
Giving back to the community has been a driving force in our program. We continue to serve our community after the season.
During the basketball season all these people and foundations have made our program feel special. It is our turn to return the favor year round everyday."