Students participating in the Soccer for Success after-school program had a chance to refine their passing, dribbling and receiving skills with the University of Hawaii Rainbow Wahine team during a clinic held at the lower Manoa campus Saturday.
The Rainbow Wahine mentored the students with their soccer skills and warmed them up for a friendly competition.
Head coach Michele Nagamine said “I think the best part of days like this is we get to interact with kids and it reminds us of how lucky we are to be able to do what we do every day. These kids are out here, they’re working super hard, they’re really excited and I think that, in turn, gets our kids really excited.
“We have different stations that are set up here,” she said. “We got an agility station here, we got a small scrimmage grid down there, we got the finishing, we’ve got dribbling and turning.”
Soccer for Success is the U.S. Soccer Foundation’s free after-school initiative being held at Kalakaua Middle, Waikiki Elementary and Waiamanalo Elementary and Intermediate schools. The program was brought to Hawaii through a partnership between the U.S. Soccer Foundation, Lt. Governor Tsutsui’s after-school R.E.A.C.H. Initiative, R.E.A.C.H. Out Hawaii, the Honolulu Bulls Soccer Club, and HMSA.
Open to both boys and girls, the progam gives students the opportunity to participate in 90-minute coeducational soccer training sessions three days a week for 12 weeks. Students also receive instruction on maintaining active lifestyles and healthy eating habits. Sessions are run by nationally certified coaches from the Honolulu Bulls Soccer Club.
Soccer for Success’ spring session began in February and concludes in May. R.E.A.C.H. Out Hawaii has been awarded a second grant and the program will expand to the neighbor islands in the fall.