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Waianae football team focusing on getting wins and giving back

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -
"Coach always says school comes first," says senior center Joseph Soriano Kikila.
This season the Waianae football team has been living what their coach has been preaching, and has even taken the time to teach others in the process. Every week the Seariders visit the boys and girls of Leihoku elementary where they help of some their youngest supporters get excited to learn about more than just x's and o's.
According to Janice Gabriel, a kindergarten teacher who often welcomes members of the Waianae football to help teach her students, "the kids get really excited when they come and they really are more into learning more, practicing more with their letters and sounds, and wanting to read more because the football players are coming."
But, players from the Waianae football team say that their time spent at Leihoku Elementary School is just as special for them as it is for the students they're fortunate enough to spend time with.
"I like coming here cause obviously it makes them happy and you can see it when you're with them or doing anything with them it just brings a smile to their faces and gives them something positive to look up to" says senior running, Royce Carrick.
According to Leihoku Elementary School's Vice Principal, Kendall Maeda, the impact the Seariders' visits have made on both the students and the football players themselves is undeniable.
Maeda says, "the kids they totally love it. It creates excitement for them, they want to come to school. On the other hand for the players I think they get to see up close that they are role models for the youth in our community. I think it gives them added responsibility to make good choices on the field and off the field."
While the Seariders continue to serve as positive role models for some of their youngest fans, the students of Leihoku Elementary School continue to show their support for some of their favorite teachers.
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