Community before football practice

LIHU’E — The Kaua’i High School football team readjusted their practice schedule because five players had other commitments, Saturday morning.

Coach Dean Petro, at a Sunday Pop Warner game, confirmed that the team practice originally scheduled for Saturday morning was moved back to noon.

Therese Jasper, mother of Jett, felt that it was a good gesture for the coach to be able to accomodate his players’ community service obligations.

Dorothy Hoe, advisor for the Kaua’i High School Leo Club, said that the five players — Jett Jasper, Lucky Andres, Raymond Jerves, Keith Nakaahiki, and Kevin Kelekoma, had volunteered to help the Kaua’i Food Bank prepare 15,000 bags for their Holiday Food Drive.

Working alongside the Leo Club, the East Kaua’i Lions Club, the Rotary Club of Kaua’i, and the Lihu’e Missionary Church, the volunteers made short work of the task.

Hoe explained that the five players, as part of their social studies class in school, volunteered for the project, and football head coach Kelii Morgado obliged by moving back the team practice so the players could fulfill their community service obligation.

Kelvin Moniz, operations manager for the Kaua’i Food Bank as well as the president of the East Kaua’i Lions Club, and a football referee, said, “This was the best ever. This is the fastest that we’ve gone through the task.”

Kaua’i High School’s football team takes on the Kapa’a High School Warriors this coming Friday at Vidinha Stadium with the JV game kicking off at 5 p.m. followed by the varsity encounter at 7:30 p.m.


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