HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - In the words of Rainbow Warrior head football coach Nick Rolovich, "Partnerships work in Hawaii."
Since taking over the position last November, Rolovich has made a concerted effort to involve the community in Rainbow Warrior football affairs, hoping to make partners of the families his players and coaches interact with at team outings and events.
On Saturday, Rolovich and members of the Rainbow Warrior football team found themselves at Oahu's Costco locations, intending to take pictures and sign autographs with fans for a few hours.
Instead, many players began helping shoppers who were stocking up on Tropical Storm Darby supplies load items into their cars and helping them return their shopping carts.
"We brought a lot of the freshmen and newcomers out," said head coach Nick Rolovich. "I think it's important for them to know who their fans. They spend a lot of time in the dorms on campus, but to get them out and to see that they have fans all over the island.. It's good to see these guys feeling it a little bit."
Players, like freshman offensive lineman King James Taylor, know how important the community's backing will be to the team's long-term success.
"It feels pretty awesome, introducing myself to everybody, and it's a nice feeling," said Taylor. "I just hope all the fans come out to our game to support cause without support, there is no team."
Rolovich said players handed out 14,500 cards with the team's season schedule to Costco shoppers throughout the day while encouraging them to come to the games and support the football team.