UHMC Alumni among USTA Maui Tennis Champions headed to Alabama

Maui Magic fundraisers slated for September

Maui College
Susan B Miller, (808) 295-0659
Jr Spec & HI MIG Proj Dir, Center on Disability Studies
Posted: Sep 9, 2016

Immediate Release
Contact Susan Miller

Looking to extend its winning magic in early October, the undefeated 18-and-over Maui Magic Women's Tennis Team, home based in Wailuku, Maui, is preparing to travel, Oct.4-10, to the USTA National Championship in Mobile, Alabama.

Of the 14-player Maui Magic team roster, eight are University of Hawaii alumni. Six attended UH Maui College when it was MCC, two attended UH Manoa. The players range in age between 32-72. None played UH collegiate tennis.

All cheer on Rainbow Warrior and Rainbow Wahine sports - especially tennis!

Winning the USTA Hawaii sectional championship for a chance to compete in the 3.5 division, national championship is a "goal come true" for the seven University of Hawaii alums and their teammates.

"Over the years, many of our players have gone to school at Maui College," Sakakihara said. "We are homegrown winners."

UH alumni are:
Hawaii Tennis Hall of Fame recipient (2012), team captain Jane Sakahihara, Clarita Balala, Kim Kong, Joann Quintos, Janie King, Lei O'Brien Susan Miller and Kristin Walker all currently work and live on Maui Island in Kahului, Wailuku, Makawao and Kula.

The USTA national event is held at the Copeland-Cox Tennis Center one of the largest public tennis facilities in the world.

To pay for the Mobile, Alabama travel expenses, the Maui Magic is crowdfunding online and the players also are sponsoring a Maui benefit event:
Silent Auction, Sept. 18, 9am-6pm. Prizes, music, refreshments and lots of tennis fun.

For more information, to make a donation, contact Jane Sakahihara (808) 264-2862 or sakakihara@yahoo.com