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Golf Tournament to Support Athletics

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Left to right, Lee DeRouin, athletic director, Kainoa Pali, vice principal, Eric Scala, athletic trainer, Photo by Rick Schonely

A new fundraiser will help cover costs for Molokai’s student athletes. On Saturday, Feb. 25, a golf tournament at Ironwood Hills Golf Course, called Save Our Sports (SOS) will be held, with proceeds to support Molokai High School’s athletic teams.

“The reason for this SOS campaign is to mainly offset the increasing transportation cost to cover our athletic travel teams to play in the Maui Interscholastic League [MIL] and… state tournaments,” said MHS Athletic Director Lee DeRouin. “The Department of Education and MIL does its best to help support Molokai High School but falls short to the amount needed for the Molokai High School Athletic Department teams to travel to events with the increased transportation cost of air travel.”

Twenty two-man teams are needed for the tournament, which will begin at 9 a.m. with a luncheon and prizes afterward.

DeRouin said MHS sports teams have been very successful the last few seasons, with state qualifications and MIL champions. Most of these events take place on Oahu, Hawaii Island or Kauai, which entail even higher travel costs, he added.

“In addition, many other expenses come into play throughout the year such as bus repairs, reconditioning of mandatory equipment, MIL and State dues, liability insurance fees and much more,” DeRouin explained.

The new fundraiser is anticipated to become an annual event. Hole sponsorship prices range from $200 to $1000. Donations can be sent to Molokai High School Athletics, PO BOX 158, Ho’olehua, HI 96729, and for more information, contact DeRouin by calling (808) 567-7100 or (808) 567-7125 or emailing lee_derouin@notes.k12.hi.us.

“It is a professional joy to work with the student athletes and coaching staff on our beautiful island of Molokai,” said DeRouin. ““Please help support Molokai Athletics by purchasing a hole-sponsor sign for the upcoming first annual SOS Golf Tournament.  Your donation will help continue to provide our student athletes with the opportunities to learn and grow from the experiences of athletic competition. Molokai High School thanks you for your generosity.”

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