Coach Mack Speaks to Elementary School Students

Coach Greg MacMackin
Coach Greg MacMackin

EWA BEACH (KHNL) -- Football isn't the only thing on the mind of Coach Mack these days. He's used his position and status to not only better the UH football program, but he's also using it to help the future leaders of the world.

It's not the usual crowd Coach Mack typically speaks to.

"If you don't learn anything else from me, just believe in yourself, believe in good things and don't let anybody you can't be somebody or do something."

But he certainly catches their attention. UH's newest head football coach talks to fifth and sixth grade students at Kaimiloa Elementary School in Ewa Beach, and he's hoping he can make a difference.

"I really believe that we have to start at this age, this is where the great teachers need to be and the support needs to be when they're young so they stay in school and don't get caught up," said MacMackin.

Teachers surprised the students with Coach Mack's visit, and the kids couldn't have been happier.

"How cool was it that Coach Mack came to talk to you guys?"

"Super Cool," said David Alcos.

"It was really cool, because he's the first famous person that I've ever met in my life,"said Samantha Sanchez.

They also took away an important message.

"Stay in school, don't give up, keep trying and don't let anybody tell you who you gonna be or what you gonna be or you can't do this or you can't do that," MacMackin said.

Now teachers just hope the children will remember the message and succeed in life.

"I'm hoping it's an impact for them to continue their education and take the straight line, and hopefully it's going to work.  We'll find out maybe ten years from now," said teacher Tammy Salvador.

Wednesday was the first time Coach Mack has spoken to students at an elementary school, but he says it was a special place for him because that's where linebacker Blaze Soares went to school.