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  • Writer's pictureBilly V

20 Years At UH Athletics!

Half of working crew (other half at autograph session on Concourse Level)

With this weekends' Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic in the books; I got a chance to smile at the anniversary; 20 years as the Game Day Activities Coordinator for University of Hawaii Rainbow Warrior Football, Rainbow Wahine Basketball and Rainbow Warrior Basketball! I work with a fabulous crew of both University students and staff; and broadcast/event professionals that help to make UH Games not only entertaining, but more importantly to assist in building the energy in the crowd to cheer our teams on to victory.

Halfcourt at University of Hawaii Rainbow Warrior Basketball

It all started with a call from Outrigger Hotels & Resorts Nancy Daniels. She was asking if I would be available to emcee their halftime activities at University of Hawaii Rainbow Warrior Basketball. I said sure; I've had a wonderful relationship with Outrigger being the television host of "Outrigger Television"; the in-house television show featuring O'ahu on all the televisions in all of the Outrigger rooms statewide.

Doing three nights of games for UH was fun and exciting; the crowds were pure energy and they cheered their coach Riley Wallace and UH team to victory.

Soon afterwards the Athletics Department of University of Hawaii would call asking me to come on board and assist in creating new energy at games. 20 years later we are still evaluating games and keeping up with trends in game activities & client management The music, technology and opponent rivalries often change with time, but the energy that crowds create and watching that translate to victories with the Stan Sheriff Center or Aloha Stadium going crazy creates such a wonderful feeling of satisfaction; there is nothing like it.

Billy V. with Outrigger Enterprises CEO Jeff Wagoner

Mahalo to the University of Hawaii Marketing Staff, UH Athletics Staff, Teams & Coaches past and present, UH Band, Stan Sheriff Personnel, UH SSC Sound, UH SSC Control Room and Aloha Stadium Personnel. Mahalo to Rainbow Warrior Football, Volleyball and Basketball & Rainbow Wahine Volleyball and Basketball.

Special Mahalo to Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Past CEO David Carey, Present CEO Jeff Wagoner AND a wonderful friend, Nancy Daniels and her husband. Most importantly, Mahalo and love to my

wife and son for allowing me to do what continues to make me happy!! Go Bows!!


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