Last week, Liholiho Elementary School principal Christina Small received two large boxes filled with 25 balls. Footballs, basketballs, soccer balls, and “rubber balls for the little keiki,” Small said.
The return address was from UH head coach Nick Rolovich.
“We spent a week trying to figure out: how did we get this?” Small said.
Teachers and officials eventually learned that student Cadie Watanabe was the recipient of “Aloha Bucks” on the Call the Coach radio show two weeks ago. The way it works is Rolovich gives $100 to a recipient, who then uses the money to pay it forward. Cadie wanted to use the money to buy balls for her school. Rolovich told her to use the money for something else and he would take care of the balls.
Rolovich then bought and sent the balls to the school.
“It was a wonderful gesture of Cadie,” Small said. A thank-you picture of students posing with the balls was sent to Rolovich.