UH Manoa men's teams to be called Rainbow Warriors

Published On: May 14 2013 09:04:16 AM HST   Updated On: May 14 2013 01:40:23 PM HST

University of Hawaii Athletics Director Ben Jay announced Tuesday that all men's athletic programs at the Manoa campus will be known as Rainbow Warriors.

The change will begin on July 1.

"The decision on Feb. 13 to change the nickname of the men's teams to Warriors has generated a lot of discussion and we have received both positive and negative feedback," Jay said.  "We listened to the public discussion and we went back to the original two questions we asked ourselves -- who are we and what is representative of the islands?"

Jay reconsidered a decision he made in February in which he said the men's programs would be called Warriors.

That decision touched a nerve in the community.

Women's sports teams will remain Rainbow Wahine.

KITV4 Sports Director Robert Kekaula is following this story and will have more throughout the day and tonight on KITV4 News at 5, 6 and 10.

In 2000, UH changed the nickname of the football, men's volleyball, golf, and tennis teams to Warriors, while the men's basketball and swimming & diving teams remained Rainbow Warriors and the baseball team remained Rainbows.

"We initially decided to adopt Warriors as the nickname of our men's teams, since it was used by the majority of our men's programs, including the one with the largest fan following (football)," Jay said. "This is a very subjective and emotional issue and the only clear consensus on this topic over the last 13 years has been that a decision needed to be made to unify our men's teams under one nickname.  That goal will still be accomplished as we retain the Rainbow and Warriors names, both of which are near and dear to the hearts of our fans, whom we represent."

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