The San Francisco 49ers outreach team was in town putting football camps for kids.
Waianae native DeForest Buckner is a Pro-Bowl defensive end for the Niners and yesterday there was a flag football camp at the Boys and Girls club that Buckner used to frequent. This was the first of many clinics that the 49ers will be hosting on Oahu for boys and girls.
“When Jared told me that they were going out to Hawaii, especially my hometown at the boys and girls club where I spent some time when I was younger with after school activities and also mainly basketball practice, it meant a lot to me,” said Buckner.” I got a lot fans out there and the kids know I’ve been in their footsteps. They know I’ve been there. I like to say reach for the stars and land on the moon. And that’s the things I’m taking from all of this.”
“He’s supportive of everything we’ve done over here,” said the head of the camp, Jared Muela. “We help his support of the island and those initiatives. And at the same time he helps promote and make sure we’re doing the stuff that we’re doing. I know he’s back home and wishes he like be out here but he’s in OTAs right now. One of the things we talked about was making this a jumping off point for these relationships so down the road we can bring more programming. So it’s definitely not our only stop. Hopefully it’s the first of many.”
Former Rainbow Warrior and 49ers defensive lineman Isaac Sapoanga made an appearance at the second camp in town on Friday, where the team was partnering with the HHSAA to get coaches Heads Up certified.