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McMackin Serves as Honorary Chairperson for Golf Challenge

By Jason Tang

EWA BEACH (KHNL) -- It's the largest charity golf tournament in the state, and this year's "First Hawaiian Bank REHAB Golf Challenge" brought in Warrior head football coach Greg McMackin as the Honorary Chairperson.

Dawning his shades, and a University of Hawaii polo shirt, Greg McMackin is ready to put his golf game to the test.

"This is one of those grip it and rip it kind of deals, I don't work at it that much, if I played good, maybe I wouldn't be a good coach, I'm glad I don't make my living at this," said McMackin.

Wednesday's round of golf isn't just another day on the greens with friends though. Coach Mack is the honorary chairperson for the REHAB Golf Challenge which benefits the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific.

"He is definitely now higher profile, and so we wanted to get him into the highest profile charitable golf tournament there is in the state of Hawaii," said Michael Perry, REHAB Foundation chairman.

Money raised from the challenge goes to helping the clinicians at the hospital advance in their field.

It also helps pay for patients who can't afford treatment.

Coach Mack visited the hospital last week and was awed by the services it provides.

"I talked to one person who was being taught had to swallow if you can imagine that, they have a lot of people who are appreciative of the money raised for the hospital, it's just going to a very worthy cause," said Coach Mack.

And those closest to coach aren't surprised he's always involved with the community.

"I call him the Grandpa because he's the grandpa around here, he's the family man, he wants to be a part of the community, that's how he is, he wants to be part of is, he wants to add his knowledge and he knows this is a great great cause," said Tournament chairperson Tony Guerrero Jr.

This is the 14th year the tournament's raised funds for the Rehabilitation Hospital of the Pacific.

Since its inception, the challenge has raised almost -- two million dollars.

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