A local high school club, Raiders for Wounded Warriors, is providing a great deal of support during the Wounded Warrior Pacific Invitational and to the seriously wounded, ill and injured service members participating in the event.
The Wounded Warrior Pacific Invitational is a joint-service adaptive athletics competition for wounded warriors hosted by Navy Wounded Warrior – Safe Harbor and Navy Region Hawaii. It is taking place in Honolulu Jan. 8-10, 2014.
The Raiders for Wounded Warriors includes approximately 30 student volunteers enrolled at Iolani High School, which served as the venue for the track and field and swim meets. The volunteers are helping set up for the meets and providing any assistance that’s needed as the competitions unfold – from transporting wheelchairs to moving equipment.
Perhaps most importantly, they are cheering on the wounded warriors and encouraging their fellow students to do the same.
“These service members have volunteered to step in the line of fire and some have paid a price for that,” said club secretary Reece Araka, a senior at Iolani High School. “It just gives me so much joy to see them running around the track and throwing at the field.”
The club is sponsored by retired Army colonel Richard Rankin, and it includes 8th through 12th grade students, some of whom have parents or relatives in the military. The Wounded Warrior Pacific Invitational has been the club’s primary focus to date, but the students also are volunteering at the local Fisher House.
The club continues to grow, said Araka, and this week’s event has really energized the student volunteers.
“Just volunteering a day or a school period is so minimal when you compare it to what the wounded warriors have given,” he said.
Thank you, Raiders for Wounded Warriors, for your incredible support! (Above: Rankin (left) and Araka (right)) Visit our Press Room page for more news stories!