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All-Poly Camp a big hit

VJ Fehoko VJ Fehoko
Andrew Manley Andrew Manley
Keith Amemiya Keith Amemiya

By Jason Tang - bio | email

WAIKIKI (KHNL) - With names like Norm Chow and Brian Cabral leading the way, the inaugural All-Poly Camp in Hawaii got off to a great start thanks in part to the Polynesian Coaches Association.

"The PCA's done a great job in bringing all the coaches down here, I mean where else can you find 20 division one coaches, so this is big," said Kahuku defensive end VJ Fehoko.

"It's huge that all the coaches can come out here and see us play, there's great talent here on the islands, and this is a huge opportunity for us," said Leilehua quarterback Andrew Manley.

In years past, athletes from Hawaii had to travel to mainland camps in order to get national exposure. But when the All Poly Camp decided to come to the Islands, it opened up new doors for our local athletes.

"This kind of opportunity was never available to our student athletes, in the past they'd have to fly to the mainland and spend a lot of money and basically it was cost prohibitive to a lot of our football players," said Keith Amemiya, executive director at HHSAA.

Not only did over twenty division one programs attend the camp, but three major recruiting websites also showed up, offering unparalleled exposure for players in the Pacific.

"I know the coaches were impressed by the talent and the work ethic of our football players and I couldn't be happier and I'm so proud that they represented Hawaii well," said Amemiya.

Camp organizers say their Island debut was a success, and look forward to growing it in years to come. The players couldn't be happier.

"I think if this keeps up we'll have a lot more polynesian players in college and in the NFL," said Manley.

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