UHFB: If it takes a village, here’s a starting point

by Dave Reardon on August 20, 2014

Dara Young has University of Hawaii football season tickets for seats that she never sits in. That’s because she’s working — in the Aloha Stadium press box, as the official scorer on the statistics crew.

“More than half my life, started doing it as a student,” she said.

She also donates to Na Koa, the football booster club. But with recent focus on UH athletics’ budgetary woes, Young has decided to do more. She is also donating her entire season’s pay for her work on the stat crew back to the football team.

“It’s just a couple of hundred dollars, but maybe they can put it to use for something,” she said.

I asked Dara if she wanted to challenge anyone else to make a similar donation.

“How about just inspiration for other fans to do something? Whatever they can afford to do,” she answered. “I mean, what about all those hoarders donating their bottles of water to the team for practice? Can be anything like that.”

1 whitey August 20, 2014 at 12:47 pm

oh, oh. duffer, now we in trouble.

2 AdmrVT August 20, 2014 at 1:09 pm

How do we donate without funds getting to (or being diverted by) upper campus for something else?

3 kawika49 August 20, 2014 at 1:15 pm

Mahalo Dara.
Living on the Big Island, I am now an official member of Nakoa. I have subscribed to PPV. We, on the outer Islands, have only the TV, to see the product.

4 808 August 20, 2014 at 1:37 pm

(2) AdmrVT: go to https://giving.uhfoundation.org/give/giving-gift.aspx?SITE=NAKOA&allocation=12045604 and donate to Na Koa. Distribution of Na Koa funds are subject to the approval of the head coach, Norm Chow (and others), and upper campus cannot touch those funds.

5 PowderPuff August 20, 2014 at 1:48 pm

Yes! Na Koa all the way.

6 J August 20, 2014 at 2:08 pm


7 PowderPuff August 20, 2014 at 2:46 pm

Haha, you buggahs….whitey, duffer and J. 🙂

8 al August 20, 2014 at 7:55 pm

whoa. i am glad dara is busy in the box.

9 Maddog50 August 21, 2014 at 2:29 am

Donating to Na Koa is simple and fast. You get a receipt for your donation almost immediately…..we can be part of the solution….a long term fix is necessary and some of the currnet arrangements are absurd, i.e. Stadium, bookstore merchandise etc.

10 pollypicador August 21, 2014 at 6:02 am

Nuts and bolts make up the machine

Thanks in part to people behind the scene

Cheer, cheer the men in green

Cheer, cheer the people behind the scene

For every earnest donation

Is a step in preserving the teams salvation

For every seed planted

Is a yearning hope waiting to be chanted

On the wings of the team I fly

It will be a happy, interesting ride… until the day I die

Life is so much better

When people work together

Thanks D.

11 FCWarrior August 21, 2014 at 6:54 am

Agree, it is quick and fast, not much to ask. Please kokua everyone.

12 Last Call August 21, 2014 at 7:26 am

Until they get this ship up righted I’m not giving them diddly squat. UH is like a bad stock you don’t keep throwing money at it you dump it.

13 man eating apple August 21, 2014 at 8:01 am

Glad to see Last Call understands the situation. Look, if you got extra money and love only UH football, go right ahead and give them all your money.

But there are other options, or “stocks” if you will. UH needs to realize this. A lot of people do not NEED UH football. There’s a ton of other games on the TV, all day. I don’t need to set aside a specific time (what is it nowadays, 2pm-9pm?) to get my football fix. I don’t need to build my life around football, I can live my life and take in football when I like.

So seeing as how UH football is not giving an on demand feature, they need to be better. Are they better? Is it worth giving up my time, driving through traffic, paying for parking, paying for overpriced soda water and sawdust dogs, sitting in the sun? Look at the other options. And not just football.

UH better start appreciating its fans.

UH made a mistake to put its football games behind a wall (that wall being PPV). All they did was put it out of sight, and out of mind. Maybe we can get them to stop making these mistakes.

BTW, how old is the average Na Koa booster club member? Remember, these fans won’t be around forever. How is UH growing their younger fan base, with such expensive prices? Laughable, how serious business it is to be a Real UH fan. Now you gotta buy stadium tickets and the PPV. For a sub-.500 team with a safe, boring offense and safe, boring defense.

14 PowderPuff August 21, 2014 at 9:52 am

Donating to Na Koa is very fast and simple. Thanks Last Call, everyone’s entitled to their opinions, but the more people who are part of the solution, the better. man eating apple, if you would like member demographics of Na Koa, I’m sure we can provide that. Did you know there are 5 women who are part of the Na Koa board? It’s NOT the Old Boys’ Club of the past.

15 Dave Reardon August 21, 2014 at 11:14 am

I believe people who “have” should think beyond themselves and donate to causes they deem worthy, but it is always their choice when, how much and for what reasons … And you all know, or should know, I am not a UH sports booster.
With that being said, in the case of UH sports at this time, I think the stock analogy can be turned on its head … If you are a UH sports fan you can buy low now and enjoy the dividends when it rebounds … while it won’t be rewards in a monetary sense, it will be in the feeling that you helped out your team when it really needed your help. …. Maybe you view it as a trash penny stock that will never be worth anything? Well, that’s your prerogative … I just feel badly for fans who have lost all of their hope, because that is a key element of being a fan.

16 Maddog50 August 22, 2014 at 3:40 am

Why would anyone who does not care about UH football even bother to read about it…..simple so they can satisfy some desire to be negative and derogatory.

17 PowderPuff August 22, 2014 at 3:52 am

So true, Maddog50. The Pigskin Pigout was great once again. Thanks to Murph and his crew for all their hard work. Go ‘Bows!

18 Maddog50 August 22, 2014 at 5:07 am

I was truly hoping the event was a success. My planned trip in two weeks will include a stop at Murphy’s looking for cold beer food and nice people—-Go Warriors!!!!

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