The NCAA made a rare exception for the Rainbow Warrior football program this week, allowing head coach Nick Rolovich and about a dozen of his assistant coaches to host two practice sessions on the UH Hilo campus for high school players on the Big Island.
Around 80 of the Big Island’s top high school players participated in the two sessions,
"This was a great collaboration of efforts by the athletic department at UH Hilo, by local high school coaches and by my assistants," Rolovich said during a break in between sessions. "This whole thing came together on very short notice, on the only day that we could make this happen. Only in true Hawaiian spirit would this be possible."
The sessions were designed as a way to build morale for Big Island people as the eruptions from the Kilauea Volcano continue. The NCAA typically only allows schools to host camps and clinics on their own campus, but they let it slide for a good cause this time around.
"This was a unique situation because of the volcano, but also because our state is separated by islands," Rolovich said. "Not all of these kids can come to our camp at Manoa. I applaud the NCAA for allowing us to serve the Big Island kids in this manner."
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