Another Pro Bowl goes down in the books. Sunday’s game had some high scores and luckily sunshine! As the event operations people start the breakdown of the stadium and the mainland visitors board their flights home, the people of Oahu will still have the presence of the NFL.
Last Thursday the NFL and Boys & Girls Clubs of Hawaii broke ground in Nanakuli for a new youth center. In their long tradition of charity and community building, the NFL’s Youth Education Town initiative is committed to educational and recreational centers for children in at-risk. Typically they select neighborhoods in Super Bowl host cities, however Honolulu was chosen since it has hosted the Pro Bowl for over twenty years.
The 10,000-square-foot center is expected to open in 2009. It will target Hawaii kids ages 7 to 17 on Oahu and Kauai. It will include an outdoor amphitheater, Native Hawaiian garden, multimedia studio, teen center, community room and a learning center. As stated in the Pacific Business News, the center received a $1 million donation from the NFL and will be funded through private and public contributions from the state, city and corporations. We look forward to the opening of the facility as well as next year’s Pro Bowl right here in Hawaii. (Posted by CM – photo courtesy HNA)