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.

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2014-15 WINNERS

Leilehua Cheerleading

"The Leilehua High School's cheerleading squad has played an integral part of giving back to their community. The LHS cheer squad volunteers their time assisting elementary schools in the Wahiawa community as well as various charity programs. As principal of Iliahi Elementary School, the cheer program has assisted our school with various activities. They have assisted us in our Aloha Fest with the set up and break down, Campus beautification, McTeacher night (waving signs to have patrons eat at McDonald's), help feed the homeless, and worked with the student government with spirit week. These activities is a snapshot of what they have done to support my school. The interaction with our students and their guidance is a rewarding experience. The cheerleading program has demonstrated to our students the Leilehua Way... with Leadership, Humility and Service."

Mid-Pacific Boys Soccer

"Over the past few years, Mid-Pacific and Honoka'a have become rivals in Division II soccer. Despite many hard-fought contest, both programs have developed a great deal of respect and friendship for one another fueled by a unique father-son coaching connection of the past. Before I took over the Mid-Pacific soccer program in 2009, Marc Miranda was the head coach and program director. His father Maurice Miranda, was the head coach over at Honoka'a HS. Even to this day, both Marc and Maurice Miranda remain great friends of mine and huge supporters of the Mid-Pacific soccer program.

Recently, the captains of the Mid-Pacific boy's varsity soccer team decided to raise money for the victims of the Pahoa lava flow and hurricane iselle disasters. After recently completing a trip to the Big Island for a pre-season tournament, the Mid-Pacific Boy's Varsity soccer team donated $845 to Maurice MIranda (Honoka'a Soccer Coach) who accepted the donation on behalf of the Grassroots Church of Pahoa."

Mid-Pacific Softball

"Our softball team helped the athletes at the State Special Olympics last year at the end of May, 2013. We will all participate again this year as a team in 2 weeks. We work so hard all year at practice but working with these athletes really reminds us what hard work is. It is a very motivating experience and reminds us what is really important in life. We get to coach and referee and interact with the athletes and their families again. Thank you for considering our team."