The Ko’olaulea Red Raiders Pop Warner football players will all have brand new uniforms this season, thanks to a hanai son of the North Shore.
Colt Brennan made a donation to sponsor the Red Raiders, and through an NFL program, the Washington Redskins’ quarterback’s donation is matched by the league.
“One of my teammates, Fred Smoot, was talking one day about how he had a team in Mississippi,” said Brennan, the former Hawaii star who is relaxing in the islands this week. “So that gave me the idea to do it here.”
Brennan has become good friends with former UH receiver Gerald Welch, who lives on the North Shore.
“Gerald got us in touch with the people we needed to in the Red Raiders’ Pop Warner and we got the ball rolling. Now it’s all official. All four teams will have new uniforms.
“When you think of this tiny little community, and what they do with what little they have to produce so many NFL players, that says something special,” Brennan said.
Brennan will be leave July 23 and report to camp July 29.
Davone Bess (Dolphins) leaves for the mainland today. Ryan Mouton (Titans) left yesterday. All three made charity and fund-raising appearances while in the islands.
–By Dave Reardon