When Punahou School senior Jared Toba was assigned a project for his economics class earlier this semester that required him to "address an issue and take action on that issue," it didn’t take long for him to decide on his topic.
"I remembered when I was at (Kaimukí) Middle School, I got to play intermediate sports for free," said Toba, who is now on Punahou’s swimming team. "I learned a lot about teamwork and responsibility."
So the "issue" Toba wanted to address is the recent state budget cuts that left public high school athletic departments operating with less than 64 percent of their 2008-2009 allocations.
His action: Create a fund-raising event with proceeds going toward the Hawai’i High School Athletic Association’s "SOS" (Save Our Sports) campaign, which has so far raised $1,338,773 to help offset the public schools’ budget cuts for athletic supplies, equipment, transportation and coaches stipends.
Toba’s event, called "Spare Our Sports," takes place from noon to 4 p.m. tomorrow at ‘Aiea Bowl. A $10 ticket includes two hours of bowling and shoe rental, and raffle tickets will be sold for a chance at door prizes like gift cards, University of Hawai’i merchandise and Oakley shades.