It’s a game changer and those against the decision are not letting it happen without a fight.
University of Hawaii Athletic Director Ben Jay’s move to drop the “Rainbows” nickname from men’s sports is causing a backlash.
A crowd gathered at a rally Friday evening to save the rainbow. People at the rally say it casts aside decades of athletic history.
UH sports is rich in tradition and the rainbow has been a big part of that.
Before adopting the new “H” logo in 2000, all UH teams were called the Rainbows. It was a part of the official logo for 18 years.
In 1974, the UH football team added to their name and became the Rainbow Warriors.
Beginning July 1, the word “Rainbow” will be removed from all men’s athletic teams, leaving only “Warriors” as the official name.
“[Ben Jay] has been here for a month and he made this decision. He doesn’t know Hawaii nei, he doesn’t know the university. So this rally is to inform and educate him on why the Rainbow is something special,” Rainbow supporter Steven Chinen said.
Jay says his decision to drop the “rainbows” was from a marketing and branding standpoint.
Former football coach June Jones tried a similar move a decade ago, but failed.
Those rallying at UH Manoa say the name change is causing a divide among UH supporters.
UH women’s teams will still get to keep “Rainbow Wahine.”