On June 4th and 5th at Kamehameha Kapalama is the seventh annual Gridirion Performance Academy showcase.
Prep football players from all over Hawaii get a chance to train and display their skills to 25 college coaches from the mainland.
The ultimate goal of the program is to show off Hawaii’s athletes so they can receive college scholarships that they otherwise might not get.
“It’s the greatest place in the world but it’s logistically challenging for our young people to get what I call X’s and O’s. The X stands for exposure and the O stands for opportunity,” said director of the program and former NFL player Rich Miano. “Sometime you have to bring the horse to the water so to speak. Bringing in these, college coaches, scholar-shipping a lot of these young people so they can get this opportunity I think is really important for the future of these young people in Hawaii. To see the interaction among the coaches, the players, the parents, and then finally whether it’s that day, a week, a month later, six months on Twitter, on social media, seeing that these kids have gotten scholarships, and knowing that we’re a small part of that.”
Many athletes who attend are scholar-shipped by local companies and organizations including Marcus Mariota’s Motivate Foundation.