Po`okela gets SHOUTaid

A match between the 16 & Under Girls of the Po’okela Volleyball Club and

former varsity players from Kaua’i and Waimea high schools was the highlight of

the recent exhibition match hosted by the Po’okela Volleyball Club as a means

of raising funds to help offset some of their members’ travel costs to

participate in tournaments off island.

Adding to the excitement, door

prizes donated by community businesses and a serving competition between

spectators and parents of the 49 club members filled in the intervals between

games.

Jeanne Toulon chaired the event committee consisting of Chad

Delanoza, Janice Magaoay-Bush, Darrel Akimoto, Lisa Cummings, Kathleen Higa,

Heather Roberts, Danielle Kiyabu, and Heidi Chong.

Janice Bond of

S.H.O.U.T. (Students of Hawai’i Opposing Use of Tobacco) sponsored the entry

fee of the 16’s Volleyball Festival team entry fee scheduled for later in the

year. The team will be participating in the Volleyball Festival in California

which is billed as one of the largest women’s sporting events in the

world.

The Po’okela Volleyball Club was organized to provide another

vehicle to promote girls’ volleyball on Kaua’i for girls aged 7 through 18, and

operates under the U.S. Junior Olympic Volleyball Program-Aloha

Region.

Po’okela, which translates to mean “champion and exceptional,”

works at teaching not only the physical skills of volleyball, but encompasses

sportsmanship and how to respond in “champion and exceptional” character to

the various situations they encounter in competitive sports.

These

situations mirror some of the circumstances they face in life.

The club

also provides Kaua’i youth an opportunity for travel and competition off island

as well as strengthens existing high school programs by developing prospective

youth and Junior Olympic-aged players.

It also teaches life skills such as

teamwork, cooperation, discipline, and fosters friendships.

For more

information on the Po’okela program, contact Richard Roberts at 332-7083.

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