LIHU’E — Gabby and Marianne Manintin, longtime supporters of island style
softball and baseball watched from the shelter of their van as inside the fence
of the Vidinha Stadium baseball complex, a group of tee-shirted “athletes”
milled about Dickie Chang, Tiffanee Sugai, and Bruce Smalling.
beyond the dugout of the baseball field, the Kaua’i High School Red Raiders
went through their routine practice as one of the coaches from the Waimea High
School Menehunes’ team joined the group, swinging a bat to warm up. He had
just come from a KIF baseball game at the Ron Martin field where Waimea had
come from behind to beat Kapa’a.
“We’re just getting ready,” the Manintin’s
laughed. “The tailgate party comes on April 22!”
Jerry Rice, receiver for
the San Francisco 49ers, will be on Kaua’i to compete in a softball game that
will benefit the Hawai’i Hotel Association – Kaua’i Chapter in a fundraiser to
benefit 30 non-profit organizations and agencies.
Joining Rice on the Jerry
Rice 127 Foundation Team are Barry Sanders, Detroit Lions running back
(retired), Bryant Young, San Francisco 49er defensive tackle, Terance Mathis,
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver, Amani Toomer, New York Giants wide receiver,
Jason Elam, Denver Broncos kicker, Terrell Owens and J.J. Stokes, San Francisco
49ers wide receivers, Roger Craig, San Francisco 49er running back (retired),
and Junior Seau, San Diego Chargers linebacker.
professional football players will be members of Team Hawai’i which will depend
on each island where the events will be hosted. On Kaua’i, Team Hawai’i
members will be made up of representatives from the Hawai’i Hotel Association –
Additionally, a select group of softball (baseball) batters
will be vying for a special homerun derby coordinated by Tiffanee Sugai of KQNG
radio and Dickie Chang of the Wala’au tv show.
The Jerry Rice 127
Foundation Hawai’i Tour 2000 will have Rice participating in five events that
will be held on Oahu, Kaua’i, Maui, and Kona, Hawai’i. Rice will either
actively participate as a player or a coach and will address children in the
audience before each event about the importance of staying drug free and living
a positive life.
Proceeds raised at this event will be donated to the
Hawai’i Hotel Association – Kaua’i Chapter through the Jerry Rice 127
There will be a designated time during the event where Rice and
other NFL players will sign autographs for fans.
The Jerry Rice 127
Foundation, named for his NFL-record 127th career touchdown, supports different
charities through events such as basketball games, softball games, and golf
“To help children be all they can be” is the goal of the
Foundation, and in the past, has helped raise funds for the March of Dimes, Big
Brothers Big Sisters and the Omega Boys Club on the mainland. This is the
first time Jerry Rice will be in Hawai’i to help raise funds for local
Raymond Farris, longtime trainer and friend of Rice, is the
event coordinator for the Jerry Rice 127 Foundation, and on Kaua’i, events are
being coordinated by Sugai and Chang.
Farris’ list of clients include such
notables as Barry Sanders, Eddie George, Terrell Owens, Terance Mathis, Amani
Toomer, Sean Dawkins, and J.J. Stokes.
The Visitor Industry Charity Walk,
hosted by the Hawai’i Hotel Association – Kaua’i Chapter, was first sponsored
on Kaua’i in 1980, and is touted as Kaua’i’s largest single-day fundraiser.
The event features breakfast prepared by volunteers from the Hawai’i Hotel
Association as well as entertainment and prizes, and benefits about 30
non-profit organizations ranging from crisis intervention to youth activities
and park restoration.
This year’s Walk is scheduled for Saturday, Mayt
For more event or ticket information, call the Jerry Rice 127
Foundation event office at 245-9449, or log on to the Tickets Plus web site at