A team of current women law students face off against women graduates for a hard-fought flag football game in the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa William S. Richardson School of Law’s Ete Bowl on November 20.
The Ete Bowl—launched 38 years ago to relieve the winter blues—has become a beloved athletic and networking tradition at the law school. It brings together law students and alumnae who are now working in the community as attorneys, judges and legislators.
Ete co-captain Diana Ohrt remembers reading about the Ete Bowl even before beginning law school. “I knew even before school began that I definitely wanted to be a part of this legacy. I love the camaraderie and friendships that can be built, and I know after my three years on this team that I have made some friends for life.”
Ohrt also praised the support provided by teammates, and the sense of empowerment she has gained being part of the tradition. “For many of us, football is not something we are used to or comfortable with but the experience, training and bonding with classmates gives us a sense of pride and confidence that we can succeed at anything we try—no matter how foreign or intimidating.”
Law school Dean Avi Soifer called the game an outstanding example of the way Hawaiʻi law students and graduates support one another and provide a significant network for the future.
“The Ete bowl underscores that sisterhood really is powerful,” said Soifer. “It also is so well played each year that it draws many spectators in addition to the students and graduates and the families and friends who come out to support the players and to enjoy the game.”
This year’s Ete Bowl will be played on November 20, 1 p.m. at the football practice field/women’s soccer field on lower campus near Murakami Stadium.
—By Beverly Creamer