Warriors coaches teach kids football skills

Rich Miano
Rich Miano

By Stephen Florino - bio | email

MANOA (KHNL) - Hundreds of teenagers are learning some football skills from the best in Hawaii -- the Warrior football staff.

They're teaching them a little about football, and a little more about life.

They learn the Haka.

Because for the next few days, these teenagers are Warriors.

"The goal is for the kids to have fun," said Rich Miano, Warriors Associate head coach.

This is the Warriors' four day skills camp, concentrating on drills for ball handlers on offense.

And linebackers and defensive backs on defense.

"Started off tough, but good," said Nephi Tuitele, Damien linebacker. "Lot of workout for the legs"

"I just wanna be an all in all better DB. Me and Keala Lava right there," said Cameron Largusa, Kauai defensive back.

There are a record number of participants this summer.

Warrior coaches know it's because of the momentum from last season undefeated season.

"All these coaches here inspire me," said Tuitele.  "Hopefully I can go back to my school and work harder. And get the job done, and hopefully start with all the help from all these coaches."

And while the coaches teach the kids to be better players on the field, they also want to teach them to be better people off it.

"Staying away from drugs, going to school, having fun, playing sports is what life is all about. And it's important for us as role models to be great examples," said Miano.

"And I hope to maintain being a good student and getting my academics up and hopefully play college football," said Largusa.

The camp runs through Friday.

The Warriors also have a big man's camp -- for offensive and defensive linemen -- starting next Monday.