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News Release

July 23, 2011
Hawaii Island coaches attend HMSA Kaimana Coaches Clinic: Hot topics include drug use, concussions, positive coaching, and more

Moani Wright-Van Alst
(808) 952-7566

The Hawaii Medical Service Association (HMSA) and the Hawaii High School Athletic Association (HHSAA) today brought together high school coaches from around East Hawaii to attend their first-ever HMSA Kaimana Coaches Clinic. The clinic, part of the HMSA Kaimana Awards & Scholarship program, was held at Keaau High School and offered a variety of presentations on some of the top challenges facing coaches.

“Coaching high school sports and working with student athletes is far more complicated these days,” said Elisa Yadao, HMSA vice president of community affairs, marketing, and communications. “Coaches must be knowledgeable about many important issues, from recognizing the signs of drug use, to preventing concussions, to working with students and parents, to speaking with the local news media. At today’s clinic, coaches learned about these issues and networked with their peers and the experts.”

Speakers presented information on the following topics:

  • “Coaching Your Coaches and Parents” – by Keith Morioka, Hawaii Department of Education.
  • “Media Training” – by Elisa Yadao, HMSA.
  • “Current Drug Trends” – by Gary Shimabukuro, Laulima Hawaii.
  • “Concussions: What a Coach Should Know” – by Alison Kuramoto, Hawaii Department of Education.

“We accomplished a lot at today’s Coaches Clinic,” said Shimabukuro. “The coaches now have a deeper understanding of drug trends among young people and how to help their student athletes avoid abusing drugs.” Shimabukuro spoke about legal, illegal, and designer drugs that have become part of the current drug culture.

The HMSA Kaimana Awards & Scholarship program recognizes and rewards student excellence in athletics, academics, sportsmanship, and community service. The program also supports coaches’ education. Today’s HMSA Kaimana Coaches Clinic in Keaau is part of a series of clinics being conducted this month across the state.

On June 25, the annual HMSA Kaimana Awards & Scholarship program ceremony was held at the Hawaii Prince Hotel on Oahu, where Hawaii’s top schools received awards and outstanding athletes from across the state were awarded scholarships. For more information on the HMSA Kaimana Awards & Scholarship program, visit hmsa.com.

About HMSA

HMSA is a nonprofit, mutual benefit association founded in Hawaii in 1938. It is governed by a community board of directors that includes representatives from health care, business, labor, government, education, clergy, and the community at large. HMSA is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association. Nationally, HMSA and 38 other Blue Cross and Blue Shield plans provide worldwide coverage to more than 100 million members.

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