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Mission Statement

Nā Koa Football Club’s mission is to support athletic excellence and academic achievement for Rainbow Warrior Football.

Goals & Needs

Funds raised by Nā Koa go directly to supporting the Rainbow Warrior Football Program and supplementing the budget provided by the UH Athletic Department. These resources are used to help Head Coach Norm Chow achieve his goals of: 1) graduating student-athletes; 2) teaching life lessons; 3) winning football games and chasing championships; and 4) preparing players for the NFL.

Nā Koa is the official booster club of the Rainbow Warrior Football Program and provides support for many of the needs that will help Coach Chow and the team realize success in the academic arena and on the field of play. The proceeds of your membership dues, monies raised through Nā Koa events, and donations provide for many critical needs of the team.

Summer School and the Warrior Bridge Program are two of the largest expenses that Nā Koa funds. In previous years, 70-80 student-athletes have participated in one or both sessions of summer school providing specific benefits. First, they are able to obtain and maintain eligibility so that they can participate in practices and games. Second, they are able to take many of the time-intensive, lab-type courses that are difficult to enroll in during the regular sessions (fall and spring semesters) when they are frequently on travel for road games or involved in team meetings and off-season preparation. Finally, summer school is integral in helping to ensure the on-time or early graduation of the players. As with previous head coaches, graduating student-athletes continues to be a top priority for Coach Chow.

The Warrior Bridge Program provides the opportunity for incoming freshmen and transfer students to take classes prior to the start of the fall semester, familiarize themselves with the campus and the workout/practice routine, and ensure they are eligible to play when the season starts. In-coming student-athletes are able to enroll for the second summer session to get a jump on the upcoming semester and are at least six credits ahead of the game when the new school year begins. The approximate cost for summer school and the Warrior Bridge Program is $230,000.

Nā Koa also provides funding for state-of-the-art video equipment and software. This package allows coaches and players to better breakdown and analyze game film, using it as a tool to improve performance on the field. For example, a coach can send a player a video clip, the play as it was presented in the play book, and notes on what was done well or what needs improvement. The player can then review this mini-tutorial through a web-portal whenever and wherever he is and as many times as needed using a computer station, laptop, tablet, or mobile device. This flexibility provides for even greater interaction between player and coaches. For the 2011 season, Nā Koa invested $115,000 and will continue with maintenance payments over the next four seasons for a total cost of approximately $250,000.

There are a number of other costs that Nā Koa funds support. For example, the grass practice field on the UH Mānoa campus is maintained through the gathering of resources from across the community. Scissor lifts are provided for filming of practices and to simulate game-day situations for the coaching staff. Finally, additional support is provided for player recruitment; staff development; student-athlete needs like knee braces, nutritional supplements, and additional equipment; and much, much more.

 

The needs of the Rainbow Warrior Football team are many and your support of Nā Koa is critical to the success of the team. In the words of Coach Chow, “Let’s do this together!”  Join today and show your support of the players and coaches.

 

More about Nā Koa, `Ahahui Koa Ānuenue, and the University of Hawai‘i Foundation:

The following describes the institutional relationships between the University of Hawai‘i Foundation, the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa athletics programs, `Ahahui Koa Ānuenue and the Nā Koa Football Club, and how contributions to Nā Koa Football Club are received, accounted for, and managed:

The University of Hawai‘i Foundation (UHF) is a tax exempt charitable organization contracted by the University Hawai‘i to be the central organization that receives and holds all of the contributions and donations that are made to ‘Ahahui Koa Ānuenue (AKA) and any of the booster clubs that support the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa athletics programs. UHF has established separate accounts for AKA and each of the booster clubs that all donor contributions and donations are deposited into.  All of the funds received by UHF on behalf of AKA and each of the booster clubs are assets of UHF and are reported by UHF in its audited financial statements and on its annual Form 990 filed with the IRS.UHF is exempt from income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and donations to UHF are tax deductible.  UHF is registered as a charitable organization with the State of Hawai‘i, Department of the Attorney General’s office. Its annual IRS Form 990’s are available for public review on UHF’s website at http://www.uhfoundation.org/about/reports.aspx  and at the Attorney General’s Charity Resources website (http://ag.ehawaii.gov/charity)

‘Ahahui Koa Ānuenue (AKA) is the designated organization responsible for the coordination and oversight of all fundraising activities that are conducted to benefit and support the UH Mānoa athletics programs. This includes,  but is not limited to, booster clubs, planned gifts and the preferred seating program.(For more information on AKA please click here.)   

Nā Koa Football Club is the official organization established to support the University of Hawai‘i Warrior Football program.   All donations made to the UHF on behalf of Nā Koa Football Club go to support UH Warrior Football.

The UH Mānoa Athletics Department uses funds, donations, and contributions received by UHF  in accordance with the donors’ intents, NCAA regulations, and UHF expenditure policies. 

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