University of Hawaii strength and conditioning coach Tommy Heffernan completed a 37-mile walk yesterday, along with 10 friends and family members.
The walk was a benefit for schooling and therapists for Tommy’s daughter Hilina’i, who suffers from developmental delays, hypotonia and emotional outbursts. Tommy will also donate some of the funds raised to help other children who face similar challenges to those of Hilina’i.
The start and finish points of the walk are symbolic: The beginning is at Hau’ula Elementary (Tommy’s childhood school) and ends at the Variety School (where he hopes to enroll Hilina’i this fall).
Donations can still be made to Friends of Hilina’i Heffernan at any American Savings Bank.
UH track and field coach Carmyn James is in line for a possible bonus in recognition of Amber Kaufman’s national championship performance in the high jump.
I really don’t see the NCAA forcing USC to give up a football game this year because rules allow them just 12 instead of 13 because the Trojans are on probation. The game was already scheduled; the intent of the rule is to disallow teams to use the Hawaii exemption because they’re not allowed in bowl games.
We’ll track this though, because the ramifications are obviously large if the NCAA sticks to the letter of the rule and USC has to pull out.
The Wahine softball team has three of its favorite bats left that it used to club the NCAA record home runs in a single season. Today’s column takes a look at the 2005 Yellow Easton Stealth, and Stephen Tsai also has a story about the softball composite bat controversy.
–By Dave Reardon