Monday, June 22, 2009

Kalani, Harding & Tomey Enshrined

This comes from Kevin Kaplan, director of the June Jones Foundation:
“We are doing our second annual American Samoa Football Academy & Medical Mission, June 26 and 27 in Pago Pago, sponsored by the June Jones Foundation. Jesse Sapolu, Jack Thompson, Samson Satele, Ta’ase Faumui and Ma’a Tanuvasa will accompany Coach Jones and McMackin as well as 10 doctors, nurses and other medical personnel on the trip. In all, we will be bringing $250,000 of donated medical supplies to the people of American Samoa.


I really enjoyed today’s story by Kalani Simpson on Matt Harding and his impact on UH football. Few can write narrative-type pieces like Kalani, and few could turn the tide of a football game like Harding … all 5-feet-8 and 145 pounds of him.

The 45-day Centurions series will feature many more stories from guest writers, including several from Kalani, our former columnist who now lives in Nebraska with his wife and two young boys (the youngest is just a few months old).

We were very pleased Kalani agreed to participate in the project — not just for his writing abilities, but also because of his credibility of actually having played college football. His voting and comments proved invaluable.


This from the DePauw University web site, and relayed to me by the Star-Bulletin’s Craig Gima:
“Former UH head coach Dick Tomey is a member of the inaugural induction class of the Michigan City High School Football Hall of Fame. Tomey and four other graduates from the Indiana city will be honored July 20. The other inductees include former Chicago Bears head coach Abe Gibron, who will be inducted posthumously.”

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