When Theo Stiller began his tenure in 2010 as President of the Rotary Club of Pearlridge, he expressed a desire to increase the club's community service projects calendar. Enter Tony Lorenzo, Community Service Chair for the Rotary Club of Pearlridge.
Mr. Lorenzo rallied a group of available Rotary Club volunteers to Aloha Stadium on Saturday, to help out with football tryouts for the newly formed (non-profit) Hawaii Professional Football League (HPFL).
"According to the HPFL Staff, this initial tryout went really well," said Tony Lorenzo. "Over 100 players, coaches, trainers, team owners, and volunteers showed up and made this event successful. It basically got rid of everyone's first-time jitters, and allowed the HPFL Staff to see who is really dedicated, making us better-prepared for future events," added Lorenzo who also serves as Marketing Director for the HPFL.
Saturday was actually a lot of fun for volunteers who helped the HPFL with designated duties. It was great to see young football prospects being given the chance to play professional football in Hawaii. Many of the HPFL tryout participants were familiar names that represented former Hawaii high school and University of Hawaii Warrior stand outs.
"I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the Rotary Club of Pearlridge for setting up tents and banners, in-processing players, and preparing healthy refreshments for tryout breaks," said Carson Peapealalo, Executive Director/ Commissioner for the HPFL and former Pearl City resident. "Logistically, everything from the setup and registration to the supply of food, snacks and drinks went as planned. Their 6-8 hour voluntary participation on October 23, 2010 was described by the Staff as "professional, interesting, and fun."
Volunteering for community service is the driving force behind the mission and vision of the dedicated membership of the Rotary Club of Pearlridge. Having the opportunity and resources to assist in helping residents in the many communities that the Rotary Club of Pearlridge serves is life changing.