Hawai‘i Bowl Names SoFi As New Title Sponsor

HONOLULU – The Hawai‘i Bowl has named SoFi (pronounced so-FI) as its new title sponsor. The 17th edition of the SoFi Hawai‘i Bowl will feature the hometown University of Hawai‘i against Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Dec. 22, at 5:30 p.m. HT (10:30 p.m. ET) at Aloha Stadium and will air on ESPN and available via the ESPN app.

“On behalf of our executive committee and football fans across the islands, I’m pleased to welcome SoFi as our new title sponsor,” said Daryl Garvin, executive director of the bowl. “There is no place like Hawai‘i during the holidays and SoFi will quickly become a part of our holiday traditions in the islands and across the country with the ESPN telecast of the SoFi Hawai‘i Bowl.”

“SoFi is all about fostering and rewarding the ambition of our members, and the Hawai‘i Bowl annually celebrates the ambitions of two great teams,” said Margi Brown, vice president of marketing and media at SoFi. “We’re proud to be the Hawai‘i Bowl entitlement sponsor as well as a long-time partner of ESPN.”

Tickets are on sale for the 2018 SoFi Hawai‘i Bowl. Tickets range from $45 for sideline seating to $20 for general admission end zone seating. Visit www.TheHawaiiBowl.comfor more information.

About SoFi

SoFi helps people achieve financial independence to realize their ambitions. Our products for borrowing, saving, spending, investing, and protecting give our more than half a million members fast access to tools to get their money right. SoFi membership comes with the key essentials for getting ahead, including career advisors and connection to a thriving community of like-minded, ambitious people. For more information, visit SoFi.com.

About the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority

The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority is responsible for strategically managing the State of Hawai‘i’s marketing initiatives to support tourism, the leading industry for the Hawaiian Islands. HTA’s goal is to optimize tourism’s benefits for Hawai‘i, while being attentive to the interests of travelers, the visitor industry and general public. HTA annually supports a wide range of Hawaiian cultural celebrations, community festivals and sports events to perpetuate Hawai‘i’s legacy and showcase the islands’ natural resources. 

For more information about HTA, please visit www.hawaiitourismauthority.org. Follow updates about HTA on FacebookTwitter (@HawaiiHTA) and its YouTube Channel.

ESPN Events
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of 32 collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games; FCS opening-weekend game; 15 college bowl games, 10 college basketball events, a college softball event and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 375-plus hours of live programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 800,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Albuquerque, Birmingham, Boca Raton, Boise, Dallas-Fort Worth, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Montgomery and St. Petersburg,ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.

ESPN Events also manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.

For more information, visit the official website, Facebook, Twitteror YouTube pages.

HAWAI‘I, LOUISIANA TECH TO FACE OFF IN 2018 HAWAI‘I BOWL

HONOLULU – The University of Hawai‘i (Mountain West) and Louisiana Tech (Conference USA) will meet in the 2018 HAWAI‘I BOWL. The Rainbow Warriors (8-5) and Bulldogs (7-5) will play Saturday, Dec. 22 at Aloha Stadium.

Kick-off is 5:30 p.m. HT / 10:30 p.m. ET and will air on ESPN and ESPN Radio. All games aired on an ESPN network will also be available through the ESPN app, computers, smartphones, tablets and streaming devices to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider.

Tickets are currently on sale with prices ranging from $45 for sideline seating to $20 for general admission end zone seating. Fan may purchase tickets online at www.eTicketHawaii.com and print them on their home computer. They can also visit the Stan Sheriff Center Box Office and Aloha Stadium Box Office (Monday- Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or call (808) 944-2697 during the same hours.

“On behalf of the Hawai‘i Bowl Executive Committee, I’m proud to announce this thrilling match-up between Louisiana Tech University and the University of Hawai‘i and congratulate both teams on successful seasons,” Hawai‘i Bowl Executive Director Daryl Garvin said. “What better location to end a football season than the beautiful and scenic island of O‘ahu.”

UH will make its eighth Hawai‘i Bowl appearance and second in the last three years while Tech will appear in the bowl for the first time and make its 11thall-time bowl appearance. The Bulldogs are one of only four teams in the country to win four straight bowl games the last four seasons, all under head coach Skip Holtz.

“We could not be more excited to represent Louisiana Tech in the Hawai‘i Bowl,” Holtz said. “I want to thank the Hawai‘i Bowl committee, the people of Hawai‘i and everyone involved for giving us this incredible opportunity to play our final game of the 2018 season in the great state of Hawai‘i. I am very excited for this football team to experience the culture and hospitality of the Hawai‘i Bowl while also having the opportunity to face off against a great opponent in such a historic stadium. This is a once in a lifetime experience for many of our players, coaches and fans.

“I have been to the Hawai‘i Bowl before and it is an unbelievable bowl experience that is second to none as far as the culture, the destination and the people involved are concerned. The beauty and uniqueness of the Hawai‘i Bowl is what makes this bowl so special.”

In his sixth year, Holtz has guided Tech to five straight winning seasons, including this year, in which the Bulldogs were tied for runner-up in C-USA’s West Division. Holtz has a 45-33 record at the Ruston, La., school and a 133-104 overall mark, which includes a five-year stint at East Carolina, where he led the 2007 squad to a Hawai‘i Bowl victory over Boise State.

In just his third season as head coach, Nick Rolovich has directed the Rainbow Warriors to two bowls including a win over Middle Tennessee in the 2016 Hawai‘i Bowl. Rolovich has led UH to a five-win improvement from last year – among the best in the nation – and a runner-up finish in the MW’s West Division. The Warriors, who are assured a winning record for the first time since 2010, will make their 12thall-time bowl appearance, which includes a 4-3 mark in the Hawai‘i Bowl.

“We’re extremely proud to represent our University in the Hawai‘i Bowl,” Rolovich said. “We’re also very excited to rekindle some old Western Athletic Conference battles against a very talented Louisiana Tech team on December 22. It could very well be one of the more exciting games of the bowl season.”

Tech features the nation’s top sack leader in Jaylon Ferguson (15), who is also No. 2 in tackles-for-loss (23.5) while the Warriors’ prolific Run-and-Shoot offense features Top 10 quarterback Cole McDonald (3,790 yards, 35 TDs) and receiver John Ursua (1,343 yards, 16 TDs).

C-USA teams have appeared in the Hawai‘i Bowl 11 times with a 7-4 record. Mountain West teams have appeared in every Hawai‘i Bowl since 2012, including last year’s participant Fresno State, who defeated Houston of the American Athletic Conference, 33-27. MW teams have won the last three Hawai‘i Bowls.

ESPN Events
ESPN Events, a division of ESPN, owns and operates a large portfolio of 32 collegiate sporting events worldwide. The roster includes three Labor Day weekend college football games; FCS opening-weekend game; 15 college bowl games, 10 college basketball events, a college softball event and two college award shows, which accounts for approximately 375-plus hours of live programming, reaches almost 64 million viewers and attracts over 800,000 attendees each year. With satellite offices in Albuquerque, Birmingham, Boca Raton, Boise, Dallas-Fort Worth, Honolulu, Las Vegas, Montgomery and St. Petersburg,ESPN Events builds relationships with conferences, schools and local communities, as well as providing unique experiences for teams and fans.

ESPN Events also manages the Big 12 Corporate Partner Program.

Collegiate Football
Academy Sports + Outdoors Texas Bowl (Houston);AdvoCare Texas Kickoff(Houston); Air Force Reserve Celebration Bowl(Atlanta); Bad Boy Mowers Gasparilla Bowl(Tampa, Fla.); Birmingham Bowl(Alabama); Cheribundi Tart Cherry Boca Raton Bowl(Florida); Camping World Kickoff(Orlando, Fla.); Famous Idaho Potato Bowl(Boise); DXL Frisco Bowl(Texas);Guardian Credit Union FCS Kickoff(Montgomery, Ala.); Hawai’i Bowl (Honolulu); Lockheed Martin Armed Forces Bowl(Dallas-Fort Worth); Makers Wanted Bahamas Bowl(Nassau); Myrtle Beach Bowl(South Carolina); MEAC/SWAC Challenge(Atlanta);Mitsubishi Motors Las Vegas Bowl(Nevada);   New Mexico Bowl (Albuquerque); Raycom Media Camellia Bowl(Montgomery, Ala.); SERVPRO First Responder Bowl(Dallas-Fort Worth); The Home Depot College Football Awards(Atlanta)

Collegiate Basketball

AdvoCare Invitational(Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Fla.); Armed Forces Classic(Fort Bliss, Texas);Charleston Classic(South Carolina); College Basketball Awards Presented by Wendy’s(Los Angeles); Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic (Honolulu); Jimmy V Men’s Classic presented by Corona(New York City); Jimmy V Women’s Classic Presented by Corona(South Bend, Ind.); Myrtle Beach Invitational(Conway, S.C.); NIT Season Tip-Off(Brooklyn, N.Y.); State Farm Champions Classic(Indianapolis) and Wooden Legacy(Fullerton, Calif.)

Collegiate Softball

St. Pete/Clearwater Elite Invitational(Clearwater, Fla.)

For more information, visit the official website, Facebook, Twitteror YouTubepages.

About the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority

The Hawai‘i Tourism Authority is responsible for strategically managing the State of Hawai‘i’s marketing initiatives to support tourism, the leading industry for the Hawaiian Islands. HTA’s goal is to optimize tourism’s benefits for Hawai‘i, while being attentive to the interests of travelers, the visitor industry and general public. HTA annually supports a wide range of Hawaiian cultural celebrations, community festivals and sports events to perpetuate Hawai‘i’s legacy and showcase the islands’ natural resources. 

For more information about HTA, please visit www.hawaiitourismauthority.org. Follow updates about HTA on FacebookTwitter (@HawaiiHTA) and its YouTube Channel.

THE HAWAI‘I BOWL AND TEACH FOR AMERICA HAWAI‘I GO THE EXTRA YARD FOR TEACHERS BY OFFERING SPECIAL INNOVATIONS GRANTS

For immediate release:

(Honolulu, HI) The Hawai‘i Bowl and Teach for America Hawai‘i are teaming up to help empower Nānākuli – Wai‘anae Complex area teachers. Through ten $1,000 “Extra Yard for Teachers Innovations Grants,” the two organizations are offering financial support to innovative projects created and realized by our local teachers.

Current teachers in the Nānākuli – Wai‘anae Complex area are invited to apply for a grant at http://bit.ly/ExtraYard. In their applications, they are asked to describe their projects, the potential impact of their projects and how the grant will assist them in their project execution.

Information on how applications will be scored may be found at http://bit.ly/ExtraYardScoring.
All applications are due by Sunday, November 25, 2018. Grant recipients will be notified by the first week of December.

Additionally, the ten awardees will be honored during the Hawai‘i Bowl football game Saturday, December 22 at Aloha Stadium. We encourage the entire community to come out and celebrate Hawaii’s inspiring teachers.

The “Extra Yard for Teachers Innovation Grants” are made possible through the generous support of the Hawai‘i Bowl Foundation, the Mountain West Conference, the College Football Playoff Foundation and Teach For America Hawai‘i.

Owned and operated by ESPN Events, the Hawai‘i Bowl and its Foundation have donated more than one million dollars to Hawai‘i charities. This year, the Hawai‘i Bowl is celebrating its 17th year of exceptional collegiate football in Hawai‘i with two of the best teams from the Mountain West and Conference USA vying for the coveted championship. For more information, please visit TheHawaiiBowl.com.

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About Teach For America Hawai‘i

Since 2006 on O‘ahu and 2009 on Hawai‘i Island, Teach For America – Hawai‘i has recruited and developed over 800 educational leaders. Beginning as teachers serving public school students affected by poverty, the alumni of our program continue to work across career sectors – including education, law, business, medicine, and government – to improve opportunities for young people and advocate for educational equity. As a native and rural region of Teach For America, we work with local and national partners to provide all students with access to an education that empowers them to be authentic leaders of our local and global communities. For more information about our region, visit hawaii.teachforamerica.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About Teach For America

Teach For America works in partnership with urban and rural communities in more than 50 regions across the country to expand educational opportunity for children. Founded in 1990, Teach For America recruits and develops a diverse corps of outstanding leaders to make an initial two-year commitment to teach in high-need schools and become lifelong leaders in the effort to end educational inequity. Today Teach For America is a force of nearly 60,000 alumni and corps members committed to profound systemic change. From classrooms to districts to state houses across America, they’re reimagining education to realize the day when every child has an equal opportunity to learn, to grow, to influence and to lead. Teach For America is a proud member of the AmeriCorps national service network. For more information, visit www.teachforamerica.org and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

About the Mountain West

From its inception in 1999, the Mountain West has been committed to excellence in intercollegiate athletics, while promoting the academic missions of its member institutions. Progressive in its approach, the Mountain West continues to  cultivate opportunities for student-athletes to compete at the highest level, while fostering academic achievement and sportsmanship. Now in its 20th year, the MW has been assertive in its involvement with the NCAA governance structure and has taken a leadership role in the overall administration of intercollegiate athletics. The Mountain West membership is comprised of 11 all-sport members: the United States Air Force Academy, Boise State University, Colorado State University, Fresno State, University of Nevada, University of New Mexico, San Diego State University, San José State University, UNLV, Utah State University and University of Wyoming. In addition, the University of Hawai‘i and Colorado College participate in the Mountain West as single-sport members in football and women’s soccer, respectively.

Press Contact:

Joshua Lee, Teach for America

(808) 371-0289

Joshua.Lee@teachforamerica.org

Derek Inouchi, Hawai‘i Bowl

(808) 956-4478

inouchi@hawaii.edu

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