Nonprofit that offered scholarships, college prep to student athletes closing

Nonprofit that offered scholarships, college prep to student athletes closing
Published: Feb. 3, 2016 at 9:17 PM HST|Updated: Feb. 3, 2016 at 11:45 PM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - For 13 years, Doris Sullivan has been a crucial part in the lives of Hawaii's student athletes, prepping and pairing them with colleges across the country.

Her non-profit, the Pacific Island Athletic Alliance, offers SAT workshops, clinics, combines and camps.

But due to financial problems, PIAA has announced it will cease operations.

"I've never been able to raise enough money to keep PIAA going," Sullivan said, in a phone interview Wednesday. "I've always had to subsidize it with my own funding, and I can't do that anymore."

Sullivan says she's never been able to hire a gr ant writer or fundraiser and says raising money has never been one of her strengths.

"This past year, I ran the business on $10,000. I can't continue to do that. I'm spending more time trying to raise money than I'm trying to help the athletes," she said.

Onlookers say PIAA's absence will be strongly felt by athletes and their families.

"There's a void in this community with financial aid, scholarships," said Rich Miano, of Hawaii Speed and Quickness. "Nobody can take the place of what she's done."

Farrington High School Athletic Director Harold Tanaka said PIAA helped students across sports.

"It's not only football, it's volleyball, baseball, bowling, judo. You name it!" he said. "Families that don't have money, Doris was so good at helping them find a school."

Miano added, "What she's done, I don't think can be duplicated because it's not that easy. Because she understands and has the knowledge to get the money for the youth of Hawaii."

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