KTA Super Stores announces high school athletic program donations through S’port Up! program

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<p>The S’port Up! program donated $50,000 to the Big Island Interscholastic Federation for Hawaii Island high school athletic programs. (COURTESY PHOTO)</p>

KTA Super Stores released the results of its donations to Hawaii Island high school athletic programs through its S’port Up program.

In North Hawaii: Honokaa High and Intermediate School, 63,410 points, $5,808.80; Kohala High and Intermediate School, 18,722 points, $1,715.07; Kanu O Ka ‘Aina Public Charter, 9,593 points, $878.79; Parker School, 6,460 points, $591.78, and Hawaii Preparatory Academy, 6,333 points, $580.15.

The program is a collaborative effort between KTA Super Stores, Hawaiian Airlines and Sports Line, to provide high schools a share of $50,000 toward air travel and sports equipment. The 7th Annual S’port Up! program ran from February 27 -April 9.

Each time KTA Super Stores’ shoppers purchased participating products they automatically earned points which they could designate to the school of their choice. The more points a school earned, the larger their share of funds for air travel and sports equipment. Customers did not need to make any monetary donations.

Since S’port Up! began in 2007, Hawaii Island high school athletic departments have shared a total of $350,000.

The funds from S’port Up! help schools offset traditional fundraising methods such as holding car washes during the weekends, plate lunch and bake sales and running the concessions at various sporting events throughout the year. Half of the funds go towards travel provided by Hawaiian Airlines the other half for sporting equipment by Sports Line.