The University of Hawaii football team, along with new head coach and former Rainbow Warrior quarterback Nick Rolovich, is bringing back a popular program targeting women, and ultimately benefiting women.
The first-year coach told KHON2 Wednesday he's taking a page out of former UH head coach Greg McMackin's playbook by conducting clinics specifically geared toward female football fans in the community.
The entire coaching staff will be offering football 101 for women who know little or nothing about the game, plus a more advanced course that delves deeper into the playbook.
We want to "really be able to kind of close in on a certain aspect of fans... where they feel comfortable enough asking questions and we'll have different levels. We'll have kind of a 101, which is the basic stuff," Rolovich said, and then "because I know some women who really want to take it a step further and really see some of the nuts and bolts of the offense and defense, so we'll do a 201 session too. They'll have to pick."
While the clinics will be designed to be both fun and educational, there's a serious message behind them. All of the proceeds from the clinics will be donated to a non-profit organization that deals with domestic violence.
"There's about three or four that we're talking to," Rolovich said. "It's going to be July 30. I think it's a great way to tie everything together. That's how this community is going to, that's how we're going to really make this thing go. It's partnerships and working together with everyone in the community."
Rolovich says in addition to the clinics, he and his entire staff are also constantly working with their players to ensure they understand they are role models who represent the entire state of Hawaii, and that they must always be mindful of how they conduct themselves both on and off the field.
"I used to tell the quarterbacks, every step you take as a quarterback, you need to live that way," Rolovich said. "Every step they take as a UH football player, as a role model, we need to continually get better at that."
Registration details have yet to be unveiled. We'll update this post when the information becomes available.