Moanalua High School student raises money for Wounded Warriors

| April 6, 2011 | 0 Comments
A team participates in the second air soft tournament held March 26 at Schofield Barracks. The tournaments raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project.

A team participates in the second air soft tournament held March 26 at Schofield Barracks. The tournaments raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project.

Story and Photos by
Col. Stanley Toy
Hawaii Army National Guard

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — A junior at Moanalua High School hosts quarterly air soft tournaments to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project.

Shaun Toy hosted his latest tournament, here, March 26.

“(Air Soft Warriors of Hawaii) raised nearly $3,000 our first tournament (in November) and more than $5,000 this past weekend,” Toy said. “This is a team effort. I get much adult help in this project, volunteers from the Hawaii Army National Guard and Soldiers from Headquarters, U.S. Army-Pacific. I am thankful of their support because without them, I am certain I could not pull this off.”

Shaun Toy, a junior at Moanalua High School, hosts quarterly air soft tournaments to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project.

Shaun Toy, a junior at Moanalua High School, hosts quarterly air soft tournaments to raise funds for the Wounded Warrior Project.

The Wounded Warrior Project operates solely on donations and has grown to serve wounded warriors and their families across the country.

Toy’s quarterly fundraising tournaments have the potential to bring in upward of $20,000 annually for the Wounded Warrior Project.

Toy’s idea to host air soft tournaments for the Wounded Warrior Project was inspired by stories about Kandahar, Afghanistan. Taking a creative approach, Toy developed an organization that brings together air soft enthusiasts and hosts tournaments to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project.

The Honolulu City Council recently honored Toy. The chair of the Public Safety Committee, Tulsi Gabbard Tamayo, read from the award citation: “(Toy’s) efforts to serve his community and help others are contagious. He has impressed his parents, Stanley and Julia, inspired his two younger siblings, enriched his classmates at Moanalua High School, motivated the Cub Scouts he mentors as an Eagle Scout, and touched the lives of our service men and women here in Hawaii.

“Shaun Toy is now sponsored by the Wounded Warrior Project for his fundraising achievements,” Tamayo continued, reading from the citation. “A video of his most recent tournament and mission was aired on the Armed Forces Network.”

To learn more, visit www.airsoftwarriors.org and www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

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