Local business campaigns to save UH athleticsUPDATED 10:14 PM HST Aug 29, 2014Video Transcript
sports are low on cash ... So tonight some U-H supporters are calling on fans to put their money where their loyalty is! The football season kicks off tomorrow... And KITV 4's Cam Tran shows us a new fan drive hoping to keep football and the other sports from going broke. 15-19 55-59 131-135 Nats: we get em! This group of DIE HARD University of Hawaii fans want to make it LOUD and CLEAR: The U-H sports program is here to STAY. KURT OSAKI 44:01 I THINK UH SPORTS HAS TOUCHED EVERYONE IN SOME WAY IF YOU REALLY THINK ABOUT IT. EMOTIONALLY IT HAS TOUCHED US WHETHER IT WAS THE SUGAR BOWL OR THE LOSING SEASON IT'S EMOTIONALLY TOUCHED US 44:13 That's the emotion motivating local business owners Don Murphy, Kurt Osaki and Raymond Noh to start the "we get em" campaign. The goal is to raise as much money as possible for UH Athletics Department. This after UH athletics director Ben Jay stunned supporters with the mere mention of ending football because of mounting debt. The program is already facing a 1.5 million deficit but that could climb closer to 3 million if the Rainbow Warriors dont draw man fans this season. RAYMOND NOH 31:37 IT'S SIMPLE MATH, IF TEN PERCENT, ROUGTLY 100THOUSAND IN THE COMMUNITY GIVE 30 DOLLARS EACH THERE'S YOUR 3MILLION. The group started a website called ' we get em Hawaii dot com" where fans can learn more about the campaign. Just moments after announcing their plan- in came the first donation. Nats: thank you For the next 60 days the group plans on blasting social media to reach as many people as possible including those who have the power to possibly generate even more financial support in the future. DON MURPHY: IN: 41;51 HOPEFULLY THIS WILL SHOW THE LEGISLATURE THAT THE PEOPLE OF HAWAII SUPPORT UH ATHLETICS TO BE SUCCESSFUL AND GET THE LEGISLATURE TO FREE UP MORE MONEY 42:01 Cam Tran, KITV 4 News. In response to the campaign... U-H Athletics Director Ben Jay offered the following statement today, saying: "I support their efforts and what they trying to do. I wish them the best. They are long time fans and they love UH sports." Don Murphy says the donations will go to the A-I-O foundation, a non profit organization which will in turn give the money to U-H. To find out how to donate go to the as seen on section of our website KITV dot com.