UH Rainbow Wahine Soccer Team Hosts Clinic for Soccer for Success Students

Soccer for Success Clinic

HONOLULU – Students participating in the Soccer for Success pilot 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 Manoa campus.  The Rainbow Wahine mentored the students with their soccer skills and warmed them up for a friendly competition.

“This was a wonderful event for the Rainbow Wahine to share their knowledge and skills with the kids,” said Rainbow Wahine Head Coach Michele Nagamine. “This was also a great way for our young women to give back to the community that they represent.”

“I’m pleased that we were able to provide this valuable opportunity for our Soccer for Success students to learn from the Rainbow Wahine and give them exposure to the collegiate level. While learning soccer skills, they learned important life lessons about team work, communication and problem solving,” said Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui.

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, R.E.A.C.H. Out Hawaii, the Honolulu Bulls Soccer Club, and HMSA.

“The U.S. Soccer Foundation is thrilled to bring Soccer for Success to Hawaii,” said Ed Foster-Simeon, President & CEO of the U.S. Soccer Foundation. “We look forward to working with our partners to improve the well-being of Hawaii’s youth through a proven, effective after-school program.”

“I know from experience that soccer is a sport that can be enjoyed both on the field as a player and from the sidelines as a parent,” said Michael Stollar, chief transformation officer at HMSA. “We’re honored to work with our community leaders to bring Hawaii families together and provide a fun way to build the next generation of young, healthy adults.”

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.  Sessions are run by nationally certified coaches from the Honolulu Bulls Soccer Club.

“We are humbled to be part of such a great community effort to provide such a fantastic opportunity for the wellness of the keiki in Hawaii” stated Phil Neddo, CEO and Director of Coaching of the Bulls Soccer Club. “When Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui called upon us along with such great partners as the R.E.A.C.H. Initiative, R.E.A.C.H. Out Hawaii and our long-time friends and supporters at HMSA, we had to answer this worthy call!”

“We are truly grateful that R.E.A.C.H. Out Hawaii has been able to forge generous partnerships, which have enabled us to expand our mission to provide quality after-school programs for Hawaii’s keiki,” said Lori Lum, R.E.A.C.H. Out Hawaii Board of Director.

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. R.E.A.C.H. Out Hawaii has been awarded a second grant and the program will expand to the neighbor islands in the fall.

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About Soccer for Success:

Soccer for Success® is the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s free afterschool program that uses soccer as a tool to address children’s health issues and juvenile delinquency, while promoting healthy lifestyles in urban underserved communities. The Foundation partners with community-based organizations across the country to operate Soccer for Success sites – providing thousands of children with free afterschool programming three times per week for the entire school year.

The U.S. Soccer Foundation’s programs are the national model for sports-based youth development in underserved communities. Since its founding in 1994, the Foundation has established programs proven to help children embrace an active and healthy lifestyle while nurturing their personal growth beyond sports.

Its cost-effective, high-impact initiatives offer safe environments where kids and communities thrive. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the U.S. Soccer Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. For more information visit www.ussoccerfoundation.org or follow us on Twitter at @ussoccerfndn and Facebook at www.facebook.com/ussoccerfoundation. –

About HMSA:

Caring for the people of Hawaii is our promise and our privilege. Working together with employers, partners, and physicians and other health care providers, we promote well-being; develop reliable, affordable health plans; and support members with clear, thoughtful guidance.

HMSA is the most experienced health plan in the state, covering more than half of Hawaii’s population. As a recognized leader, we embrace our responsibility to strengthen the health and well-being of our community.

Headquartered on Oahu with centers and offices statewide to serve our members, HMSA is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.

 About R.E.A.C.H.:

R.E.A.C.H. (Resources for Enrichment, Athletics, Culture and Health) provides an organizational framework for public middle and intermediate schools to offer expanded learning opportunities during after-school hours. The initiative’s mission is to ensure all public school students in grades 6 to 8 receive the academic and community-based support they need to stay on track toward high school graduation, college, and career by engaging them in a broad-base of programs and activities, outside of regular instructional hours, in the areas of academic enrichment, arts and culture, and athletics.  Started in March 2013 by Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui, the R.E.A.C.H. initiative continues to develop with support from the State and generous community partners.

About R.E.A.C.H. Out Hawaii:

R.E.A.C.H. Out Hawaii, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation, was formed for the purpose of supporting the State’s R.E.A.C.H. after-school initiative for middle and intermediate schools. The Board of Directors are responsible for the oversight and strategic planning, including the development of a funding base.

R.E.A.C.H. Out Hawaii Board of Directors:

Lt. Governor Shan Tsutsui, Director; Dr. Tom Apple, President/Treasurer; Duane Kurisu, Vice President; Keith Amemiya, Director; Gregg Fujimoto, Director; Lori Ann Lum, Director; Tyler Tokioka, Director; and Jayson Watts, Executive Director/Secretary.

For more information about REACH Out Hawaii, please visit www.reachouthawaii.org or contact Jayson Watts, Senior Advisor to the Lieutenant Governor and Executive Director of R.E.A.C.H. Out Hawaii at phone: 492-0561 or email: jayson.watts@reachouthawaii.org.

 About Honolulu Bulls Soccer Club:

The Bulls Soccer Club, also known as the Honolulu Bulls Soccer Club, was founded in 1975 and is the oldest and most successful soccer club in Hawaii. The Bulls Soccer Club is a non-profit organization, committed to the mission of educating and developing youth players to their highest potential through the game of soccer. The Bulls Soccer Club offers this support to all youth players committed to the pursuit of excellence by providing the highest level of coaching.

Celebrating 40 years in Hawaii, the Bulls Soccer Club programs include Keiki Bulls, a Keiki Recreational League founded in 2002 and the Hawaii International Cup soccer tournament welcoming international and mainland soccer teams to Hawaii for competitive soccer.

The Bulls Soccer Club has the distinction of being the only club to win National Championships in both genders with the U19 Boys (2004 Mc Guire Cup) and U17 Girls (2005 US Club Super Cup) for Hawaii, and winning the International 2007 Dana Cup (Denmark) with the U13 Girls.

For more information about the club, visit www.hscbulls.com