HONOLULU – Students participating in the Soccer for Success pilot initiative and R.E.A.C.H. Initiative had a chance to refine their passing, dribbling and receiving skills today with the University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine Soccer Team during a clinic held at the University of Hawaii at Manoa soccer field. The Rainbow Wahine mentored the students with their soccer skills and warmed them up for a friendly competition.
“The Rainbow Wahine really enjoyed interacting and sharing their knowledge and skills with the kids,” said Rainbow Wahine Head Coach Michele Nagamine. “This was an excellent opportunity for our student-athletes to make a difference and give back to the community.”
“I’d like to thank the UH Rainbow Wahine Soccer Team for giving our students their invaluable time to share their skills and knowledge,” said Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui. “This clinic provides a great opportunity for our students to learn team work, communication and problem solving at the college level.”
Soccer for Success is the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s free after-school initiative being held at Kalakaua Middle, Waikiki Elementary and Waiamanalo Elementary and Intermediate schools. The program was brought to Hawaii through a partnership between the U.S. Soccer Foundation, Lt. Governor Tsutsui’s after-school R.E.A.C.H. Initiative, and HMSA.
“Youth soccer can improve a family’s health and well-being,” said Michael Stollar, HMSA president and chief operating officer. “The kids makes friends, get exercise, and have fun on the field. Parents get to spend quality time with their children. Working on youth soccer and family health with Soccer for Success is our privilege.”
Open to both boys and girls, Soccer for Success gives students the opportunity to participate in 90 minute coeducational soccer training sessions three days a week for 12 weeks. Students also receive instruction on maintaining active lifestyles and healthy eating habits.
All equipment for Soccer for Success has been provided by the U.S. Soccer Foundation, R.E.A.C.H. Out Hawaii, and HMSA. Soccer for Success’ Spring Session began in February and concludes in May.