EasyPost Hawai‘i Bowl and Hawai‘i Bowl Foundation Join Forces with Partners to Support Maui Public Schools Affected by Wildfires
HONOLULU, HAWAI‘I – In response to the unprecedented wildfires that ravaged the island of Maui, the EasyPost Hawai‘i Bowl and the Hawai‘i Bowl Foundation, in partnership with the College Football Playoff (CFP) Foundation and the Mountain West, are rallying to support the affected Maui public schools through the Public Schools of Hawai‘i Foundation (PSHF).
Understanding the gravity of the disaster and the urgent need to act, the four organizations will donate $65,000 to aid Maui teachers and public schools. The group is also encouraging the community to join this vital effort by matching donations to the fund.
Join the Relief Effort
Individuals and organizations willing to contribute to this worthwhile cause can make their donations through the following ways:
- Online at https://pshf.org/donations-page
- By mailing a check, payable to the Public Schools of Hawai‘i Foundation to P.O. Box 4148, Honolulu, HI 96812
All contributions received between now and October 15, 2023, will be designated exclusively for the recovery and rebuilding efforts of Maui public schools affected by this calamity. Donations are tax-deductible, and contributors can opt to use credit cards for their contributions.
A Commitment to Hawai‘i’s Future
Having steadfastly supported Hawai‘i’s public schools and teachers for years, the EasyPost Hawai‘i Bowl and the Hawai‘i Bowl Foundation recognize the immediate necessity to stand with the Maui community during this crisis.
They reached out to their long-standing partners, the CFP Foundation and the Mountain West, both of which readily agreed to support this cause. The College Football Playoff Foundation has pledged $25,000 and the Mountain West has committed $15,000 as matching funds to donations made to PSHF.
“Our hearts go out to all of those affected by the fires,” said Britton Banowsky, Executive Director of the College Football Playoff Foundation. “And we are happy to support the teachers and students in Lāhainā as they begin the arduous task of rebuilding their schools. We know it will be a difficult challenge, but we also know they are strong and their resiliency will prevail. We will be here for them.”
"The Mountain West family was heartbroken by the fires in Maui and the devastation to Lāhainā Town and surrounding communities," said Mountain West Commissioner Gloria Nevarez. "We understand there is a long road ahead to recovery, and we hope these funds will provide immediate support and assistance to teachers and students in Lāhainā as they start anew."
Coming Together in a Time of Need
In these trying times, the hui emphasizes that this initiative is more than a donation; it is a heartfelt endeavor to foster hope and resilience in the Maui community. It is a respectful acknowledgment of the hardships faced by the students, teachers, and families in Maui, and a step toward ensuring a brighter future for the affected public schools.
For more details on this humanitarian campaign and to learn how you can help, please visit TheHawaiiBowlFoundation.org/Maui.
The 20th edition of the EasyPost Hawai‘i Bowl is slated for Saturday, December 23 and will be played at the Clarence T.C. Ching Athletics Complex on the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa campus. Showcasing teams from the Mountain West and American Athletics Conference, the EasyPost Hawai‘i Bowl will kick off Saturday, December 24 at 5:30 pm HST and will be aired nationally on ESPN.
The Hawai‘i Bowl Foundation’s mission is to assist Hawai‘i-based 501I(3) organizations, with a preference given to non-profits that provide services to Hawai‘i’s youth.
The College Football Playoff Foundation is the largest sports entity in America that supports educators. Its nationwide Extra Yard forTeachers recognition and resources initiative has collectively invested more than $57 million in support of education.
The CFP Foundation is successful in supporting and uplifting teachers by focusing its work within four core areas: (1) Recognition, (2)Resources, (3) Professional Development, (4) Recruitment and Retention.
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. Now celebrating its 25th season, 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.
The Hawai’i Tourism Authority is the state agency responsible for representing the Hawaiian Islands around the world, and for holistically managing tourism in a sustainable manner consistent with community desires, economic goals, cultural values, preservation of natural resources, and visitor industry needs. HTA works with the community and industry to Mālama Kuʻu Home – care for our beloved home. For more information about HTA, visit www.hawaiitourismauthority.org or follow @HawaiiHTA on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.
EasyPost Hawai‘i Bowl funding provided by Hawai‘i Tourism Authority through the Signature Events Program.
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