MANOA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The 'Pokemon Go' video game phenomenon can count the Rainbow Warrior football team amongst its followers.
First-year head football coach Nick Rolovich and the 'Bows hosted dozens of keiki on the University of Hawaii campus Saturday afternoon, uniting two unlikely factions; kids, searching for Pokemon on cell phones, and the collegiate football players that escorted them around.
"I just thought it was a good opportunity for us to get together with the community again," said Rolovich. "Another chance for our players to promote themselves, and the program, and see all these little kids. If that's what they're into, we're looking for all types of fans."
Rolovich's time as a Warrior has helped him realize that in Hawaii, endearing oneself with the community can go a long way.
"Partnerships work in Hawaii, and this was an attempt at that," Rolovich said. "I see a guy like [Rainbow Warriors receiver] Marcus Kemp spending an hour with a kid, playing 'Pokemon Go.' And now maybe that kid wants to come watch him play."
"You can call them friendships, call them connections," Rolovich added. "But there's been a lot of good stuff that's happened today."