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UH Athletics in need of paint and donations


     Rome was not built in a day but it was definitely constructed with more hands than those available to giving a facelift to the University of Hawaii athletic department.

     The latest project in Manoa will literally be done brick-by-brick.

     The target -- none other than Les Murakami stadium. In a perfect world, UH would have between $200-500 thousand to renovate the entire locker room.
     In reality, the University will give the Les it's first fresh paint job in a decade by just focusing on the outer corridors.
     The job's going to take 100-gallons of green-and-white paint, so -- instead of breaking into the budget that is already projected to by $4-million over its alotted $30-million -- Jay has sought public donations from local companies.

     "Our locker room situation is a recruiting nightmare." says Jay.

     "Again it goes back to what impacts the recruits decision when they come to visit, when their parents come with them to go take a look at our situation and it's the kind of thing that we want to make sure that we're leaving a good impression with them."

     As for the labor, Jay says he may rely on volunteers.
     That's just the first of a handful of other projects in the works. Jay also plans on renovating Klum gym, turning the campus' oldest sporting structure into a workout facility, and the Rainbow Wahine softball stadium where stadium lighting and an additional paint job are just part of a laundry list of problems. He also wants to replace the track at T.C. Ching field.
     There has been no time table set to complete all the projects.


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