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County P&R Director to be inducted to Sports Hall of Fame

Robert Fitzgerald

Robert Fitzgerald to be inducted to Sports Hall of Fame

Country Park and Recreation Director, Robert Fitzgerald, will be inducted into the Big Island Sports Hall of Fame on August 21.

Fitzgerald has spent numerous years coaching a variety of sports teams.

From 1978 to ’79 Fitzgerald coached P&R baseball before becoming an assistant football coach at Konawaena.

While working with the Wildcat program the team won four league titles and played in the Mac Nut Bow, Ellison Onizuka Memorial Game, and the Neighbor Island Championships.

From 2003 to 2005 Fitzgerald was an assistant football coach at Hawaii Preparatory Academy and in 2009 he became the Director of County Parks and Recreation.

For his tireless work with youngsters, Fitzgerald has been selected as one of the seven people chosen to be inducted to the Big Island Sports Hall of Fame.

The BISHF will have a ceremony at the Wall of Fame at the Prince Kuhio Mall on August 21 at 10:30 am.

Fitzgerald along with the six other inductees will be honored with their photos being unveiled at the Mall.

Following the Wall dedication the ceremony will move to a luncheon at the Nani Mau Gardens at noon were a formal ceremony will take place.

For those interested in attending the luncheon the cost is $20 for adults and $15 for children 10 and under.  Seating is limited.

Tickets may be purchased in advance by calling Ellsworth Fontes at 935-5519.



August 5, 2011 Posted by | Profiles, Youth Football | , , , , , | Leave a comment

UHH XC teams with Sunrise Athletics for Aug 20 fun run event

A fundraiser to help defray cost for travel for both UH Hilo Cross-Country Team and Sunrise Athletics.  UH Cross-Country still needs to get funds to compete in out island competitions and Sunrise Athletics would like to raise finds in sending youths to gain exposure at the Junior Olympics on Oahu  and for the Foot Locker Western Regional Championship Meet.  Both organizations are spreading the importance of collegiate experience and supporting Hawaii’s youth through athletics.  Details of the run are:

When: August 20, 2011

What:  5K Run/Walk @ 8:00am            1mile Run/ Walk @ 8:45am             

Where: Naniloa Golf Course

Other: Medals will be given to the top 3 males and females in each division for the respective distances.  The top male and female will receive and honorary award.  There will be post run refreshments, and door prize giveaways. 

Registration forms may be found at various fitness locations, Starbucks, or they may go to the website (www.sunrise-athletics.org) to download and print the registration form.  Deadline for early registration is August 7, 2011 to guarantee a t-shirt.

August 5, 2011 Posted by | Running on the Big Island | , , , , , | Leave a comment