On behalf of the people of Hawaiʻi, Governor Neil Abercrombie proclaimed January 9 to be 2011 University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa Rainbow Wahine Volleyball Team Day.
Noting the team’s 16th consecutive Western Athletic Conference title, NCAA tournament appearance and national leadership in attendance (averaging 7,000 people per game), the governor praised both the team’s caliber and character. UH players serve as role models for young women across the country.
“We want to be Division I all the way around, including being Division I in the kind of support we give to these young people who give their all for Hawaiʻi,” Abercrombie said.
Head Coach Dave Shoji noted that Hawaiʻi may be the only team that can claim its governor as a fan who actually attends volleyball matches.
Shoji spoke to the responsibility, and team captain Kanani Danielson, to the honor of representing Hawaiʻi. Although she is graduating, Danielson said her teammates are working hard to prepare for the fall 2012 season.
Watch video of the presentation.