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Baldwin Bears football team reaches out to Best Buddies

Students invited to suit up for game

Middle-linebacker No. 42 Josiah Sniffen helps Best Buddy Brandon Cachola, seated in his wheelchair, with the coin toss before the game

The Maui News

The Baldwin Bears football team invited special education students in the Best Buddies club to come to the Baldwin Bears versus Lahainaluna Lunas football game Sept. 27 and be part of the game, which for the Buddies is a dream come true.

They were invited to eat dinner with the team, wear football jerseys, help pass out water during the game, be part of the coin toss before the game, and be invited on the field during halftime for a Best Buddies cheer led by Baldwin’s cheerleaders. Baldwin special education teacher Ted Lusk told Best Buddies board Chairman Mike McCormick that he was contacted by Bears coach Pohai Lee, who presented the novel idea. Lee is also the nephew of heralded Saint Louis (Oahu) coach Cal Lee. Pohai Lee said this idea would also be a great life lesson for his players because it would help them better appreciate how important it is in life to make the most out of all your abilities.