UH Rainbow Warriors learn leadership with 25th ID

| July 1, 2016 | 0 Comments
Members of the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warrior football team work together to get across an obstacle June 25 at the Leadership Reaction Course on Schofield Barracks Hawaii.

Members of the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warrior football team work together to get across an obstacle June 25 at the Leadership Reaction Course on Schofield Barracks Hawaii. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Tramel Garrett, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

Staff Sgt. Tramel Garrett
25th Infantry Division Public Affairs

SCHOFIELD BARRACKS — The day began with 25th Infantry Division Soldiers performing the ha‘a, the Hawaiian dance of the warrior, to welcome the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warrior football team to Schofield Barracks for a day of adaptive leadership training, June 25.

The UH players respectfully responded with a thunderous haka, a traditional war cry dance from New Zealand.

“I did it with my full heart,” said Makani Kema-Kaleiwahea, a Rainbow Warrior defensive end. “I totally felt (it) and respect them for what they did for us.”

The football players participated in multiple team building exercises with assistance from Tropic Lightning Soldiers. This wasn’t just the usual physically demanding training but also very complex mentally.

Soldiers from 25th Infantry Division perform the haÕa, the Òdance of the warrior,Ó to welcome the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warrior football team to Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 25 for a day of adaptive leadership training.

Soldiers from 25th Infantry Division perform the ha’a, the “dance of the warrior,” to welcome the University of Hawaii Rainbow Warrior football team to Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, June 25 for a day of adaptive leadership training. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Tramel Garrett, 25th Infantry Division Public Affairs)

“Our guys woke up thinking we were going to take them to boot camp, and they were betting on how many pushups they were going to do today,” said Nick Rolovich, UH head coach. “This was to challenge their mind, adaptive learning and leadership.”

Rolovich had a conversation with Trey Johnson, a retired Army colonel, to develop the idea in hopes to build the players belief in each other. Johnson coordinated this event and believed that working with the 25th ID would help the football team.

“I feel privileged because the Army is the greatest team in the world,” said Gen. Robert Brown, commander, U.S. Army Pacific.  “(This was an) opportunity to show these guys what the Army does, how we form teams and build on that great legacy.”

The athletes took quick classes from the 25th ID Lightning Academy Adaptive Leaders Program, forcing them to think about every aspect of a decision.

“Leadership is leadership, whether it’s on the battlefield or football field,” Brown said. “I was thrilled. I said if (Rolovich) wants to do this then we are going to have a great team.”

The classes made a point to establish that communication is the key and understanding adaptability would make the team better and cohesive.

“In the Army we have to be a cohesive team of professionals,” Brown said. “We have a complex world, and you don’t know what you are going to face. We work on it every day in the Army, building great teams of trusted professionals who are cohesive and can do whatever our nation asks.”

Rolovich said he and his team were grateful for working with the Soldiers and appreciate the connection.

“I hope that this partnership with UH football and UH in general can blossom,” the coach said. “We are on this island together, and there’s a mutual respect and we are very excited about that.”

Hawaii Rainbow Warriors football players play a game of tug-of-war as U.S. Army Soldiers, 25th Infantry Division observe, June 25, 2016, at the Lightning Academy located on the East Training Range, Hawaii. The event was a part of an Adaptive Leader’s Course round robin event where the football players worked with Soldiers to cultivate teamwork and critical thinking skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

Hawaii Rainbow Warriors football players play a game of tug-of-war as U.S. Army Soldiers, 25th Infantry Division observe, June 25, 2016, at the Lightning Academy located on the East Training Range, Hawaii. The event was a part of an Adaptive Leader’s Course round robin event where the football players worked with Soldiers to cultivate teamwork and critical thinking skills. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher Hubenthal)

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