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By: Rick Blangiardi
Changing the name of all the University of Hawaii athletic
teams to Rainbow Warriors is not the biggest issue of the day but it is
I've expressed my opinion on this issue before and I've put
my name on a petition asking Athletic Director Ben Jay to reconsider his
decision to begin on July 1 calling all men's teams Warriors and women's teams
Jay wants to avoid confusion since men's teams go by three
names: Warriors, Rainbow Warriors and Rainbows.
But what is confusing to me is Jay's insistence that the
Rainbow Warriors name doesn't resonate enough with long-time fans of our sports
teams to be considered for all of our teams.
UH Letterwinners Club sent Jay a letter last week asking that he hold off on
renaming the teams and a rally was held last Friday in support of the name the
teams held prior to the year 2000.
didn't waste much time shooting down those who wanted to maintain our history
and legacy and said he was not aware of any past organized campaigns to change
the nicknames of the men's teams to Rainbow Warriors or Rainbows.
Nearly 30 teams are named Warriors but
Rainbow Warriors works for University of Hawaii just as Buckeyes works for Ohio
If you believe, as I do, that we should
return to the name that represents this beautiful home of ours, let our
athletic director know how you feel.