S.P.I.K.E. Students Participating in Kinetic Exercise

Jan 17th, 2020.

DOE 6th-8th graders participated in the inaugural event Friday, January 17th in the Hawaii Convention Center. The new initiative created by 7Gen Culture is meant to inspire public school students to participate in sports. Students eyes were opened to some of the opportunities available through sport by using the venue for Hawaii’s premier volleyball tournament and largest indoor sporting event, The Trans Pacific Volleyball Championships. Demonstrations by the Chaminade Womenʻs Volleyball Team also inspired the 6th - 8th graders from around the island.

Multiple members of the organizing crew grew up in the public school system and used the structure of sports to escape tough home/economic situations. Organized sports help provide a safe environment and structure for young athletes to learn discipline, work ethic, values, and teamwork, that in return help individuals develop into contributing members of the community.

In a new generation raised with smartphones in their hands, there are many youth that miss the opportunities that sports can provide. 7Gen Culture and members representing the Hawaii Department of Education believe organized sports also help provide students the opportunity to dream and expand their vision beyond what they ever imagined. This initial event was a step towards giving all public school students the opportunity to participate in sports before high school.

To learn more visit the S.P.I.K.E. info page.

Photos: @james.esaki, @kainalu.school