Attending HPU Sharks Basketball Game

The annual tradition of attending a Hawaii Pacific University men’s basketball game continued this year as our youth basketball players watched HPU take on Chaminade on Sunday, February 8, 2015, in a heated conference rivalry game at the Blaisdell Center.  Additionally our players were recognized at halftime and got to participate in the halftime “Knockout” competition, a popular basketball free throw shooting game. Mahalo to Head Coach Darren Vorderbruegge

An added treat for the youth was the HPU was conducting their annual special promotion of offereing free bike/skateboard helmets for kids. This promo is in honor of a former player, Kameron Steinhoff, a Punahou graduate, who passed away a few years ago in a skateboard accident.  All of our youth got a helmet.

Palama Settlement has served as the main practice gym for the men’s basketball team for the past 4 seasons.  The players and staff have also graciously coordinated our annual “Scorpion Games”, a series of team building games for our youth football players, and invited our basketball participants to be special guests at one of their games.

Our youth sports/academic program is called Pakolea, translated to “Train to Grow Straight”.  Unlike any other youth sports program, Pakolea offers athletic and academic development with equal emphasis. We organize team sports in tackle football, basketball, and volleyball, along with an academic program which includes educational assistance, financial literacy, as well as activities in character development.  Each participant is required to attend our Academic Center sessions as a team each week in place of a practice session.

For more information on our Pakolea Program CLICK HERE.

Playing “Knockout” during halftime

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