The director of UH Center On Aging, (COA) Margaret Perkinson, PhD, and COA research gerontologist, Christy Nishita, PhD, collaborate with Scholar Athlete, Kendall Horan by creating a volunteer opportunity.
The volunteer project brings the University of Hawai’i Women’s Track and Field team together to help out at Manoa Cottage Nursing home. Recently, the team helped Manoa Cottage with a crafts activity, a Halloween-themed photo-shoot, and talking story to the residents. The team will be back later this month to help out by baking pies with the residents.
“ Not only as student athletes at UH but as human beings I think we have a responsibility to take care of the people that allowed us to be in the positions we are in today. Our Kupuna are the people who created our beautiful aina that we explore today. Your time and love is the best gift you could give someone. To give just a portion of our day to our Kupuna is something we all should do. The track team might be helping the residents at Manoa Cottage, but in grand scheme of things the residents are really teaching us. I am so thankful to be a student athlete at this University and to call Oahu my home.”