Youth Impact Program returns for third year

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The Youth Impact Program is happening in Hawaii for the third straight year. It’s led by Rainbow Warrior head football coach Nick Rolovich and the University of Hawaii staff.
The free holistic program takes place from June 17th to 28th. It’s a two-week program where at-risk kids are mentored by teachers, coaches, members of the military, and the University of Hawaii football players.

“I still follow my boy Alika. He stays over in the west side. Over in Nanakuli.” said Warriors senior offensive lineman J.R. Hensley who has participated in this program since its start. “Youngest of them all my first camp and he came back last year. I hope he’s back this year. I’ve been staying in touch and he’s just one of those guys that without this camp it wouldn’t be possible. He’s a great kid. He has a great family and has the best energy ever. I’m really excited for him. Just being able to develop a bond like that with someone like him is great.”

“From year one to year three. The amount of support that we’ve gotten from the community. When we were planning it the first year I didn’t know how this was going to work. And the overwhelming response that’s kind of where I sit back and say wow there’s something really special happening here,” said Rainbow Warriors football chief of staff Jason Cvercko.

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