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(Friday, June 18, 2010) — Mayor Mufi Hannemann announced today that the City and County of Honolulu and Waikiki Improvement Association, in partnership with the Honolulu County Sports Commission, will host a Rally of Champions on Waikiki Beach next Saturday, June 26, beginning at 6:00 p.m.


Hannemann said, “This year has been more than a ‘Field of Dreams’ for Hawaii sports teams and athletes who’ve garnered national titles and honors.  As we did with the Ewa Beach and Waipio Little League World Series champions, and with the University of Hawaii Warriors following the Sugar Bowl, we want to show our appreciation by honoring these outstanding student-athletes and coaches for their amazing feats on the national stage.”


In addition to the Waikiki Improvement Association, the Hawaii Tourism Authority and Honolulu Star-Advertiser are sponsors of the celebration.


The red carpet will be rolled out for sports champs who made their mark in national competition in recent months.  Feted teams or individuals include the Hawaii Pacific University Sea Warrior softball squad, NCAA Division II national champion; University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine softball team, WAC champion and NCAA Women’s College World Series participant; University of Hawaii Rainbow baseball team, the WAC champion; Hawaii Pacific University Cheer and Dance Team, Division II National Champions; Punahou School boys volleyball team; Pac-Five softball team; Campbell High School softball team; and Kamehameha Schools varsity cheerleaders, who earned a national crown.


            Benny Agbayani, the former Major Leaguer and HPU star, will be a special guest.  The evening will be hosted by broadcaster Bobby Curran and former UH baseball star and broadcaster Howard Dashefsky.  Nesian NINE will perform.  The featured movie will be “Field of Dreams,” in keeping with the baseball theme of the event.


            City Council Chairman Todd Apo, a star student-athlete at Kamehameha Schools and Brown University and member of the Honolulu County Sports Commission, said, “It’s impressive to see the success of so many Oahu student-athletes this season.  Their achievements have inspired all of us, especially when we watched them take center stage—statewide and nationally.  We are certainly proud of them, of their hard work, and for the continued legacy of athletic excellence in Hawaii.”


            UH Athletic Director Jim Donovan, a Sports Commission member and former UH football star, said, “The achievements by our softball and baseball teams demonstrate the quality of student-athletes we have at the University of Hawaii.  Our softball team’s journey to the Women’s College World Series captivated the entire state while our baseball team rallied together to win the WAC crown.  What a week that was for UH Athletics!”

Hannemann, who excelled as a scholar-athlete at Iolani and Harvard, believes that sports provide strong character and an intellectual foundation for success: “Our local athletes understand that hard work and excellence in the classroom and on the field can lead to a productive lifestyle.”





Bill Brennan, Mayor’s Office, 768-6928