At the start of 2014, Nan Inc has donated $80,000 to the Hawaii Pacific University. It has donated that amount to establish the Nan Inc Soccer fund at that university.
Patrick Shin believes it’s a good way to give back to the community, and a way to support local athletic programs. ”The state of Hawaii produces many talented athletes each year. The Department of Athletics at HPU has provided many opportunities for these talented local student athletes to participate at the collegiate level while remaining in Hawaii.
This gift was important for HPU so they could further develop an already strong soccer program. Athletics is highly valued as a learning platform for teamwork, diversity appreciation, practical ethics and determined application to getting the most out of one’s talents.”
The donation wasn’t paid at once, but was made over a period of four years. The local student-athletes who are part of the program also benefitted from this donation. ”The donation will provide added assistance to athletes in need of financial aid that have the chance to be a part of the soccer community,” Patrick Shin said.
Besides that, the new fund will also help with student support, travel expenses, program and equipment expenses, field maintenance and infrastructure expenses.
“We appreciate the immense generosity of Nan Shin and Nan, Inc. for the support of our soccer programs. The gift will help our student-athletes in their continued pursuit of excellence,” said Vince Baldemor, HPU’s Executive Director of Athletics. “On behalf of the soccer program and Hawai’i Pacific University, we would like to say mahalo.”
HPU competes in the Pacific West Conference, the largest NCAA II conference in the West region. Last season, three HPU Men’s Soccer Team players were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-West Region Team. On the 2013 All-PacWest Men’s Soccer Team, HPU had two players on the first-team and one each on the second, third, and honorable mention teams. HPU landed three players on the Pacific West Conference 2013 All-PacWest Women’s Soccer Team.
The support from Nan Inc Owner Patrick Shin and his company will help in preparing future Hawaiian athletes to perform at the highest levels. We are planning to help more athletic clubs in the future. It’s always important to give our youth the opportunities they deserve.