Bank of Hawaii Announces New Partnerships with 8 College Athletes

Samuta Avea, Chaz Galloway, Kamaka Hepa, Amber Igiede, Kelsie Imai, Daejah Phillips, Max Rosenfeld and Brooke Van Sickle sign on as SimpliFi Athletes


September 2nd, 2021

In November 2020, Bank of Hawaii announced its stewardship to the University of Hawai‘i’s Athletics Department with a $5 million sponsorship over 10 years. Today, Bank of Hawaii announces its continued investment in local sports and athletes by entering into endorsement partnerships with 8 of Hawaii’s student-athletes, including:

  • Wahine volleyball players Amber Igiede and Brooke Van Sickle;
  • Men’s volleyball players Chaz Galloway and Max Rosenfeld;
  • Wahine basketball players Kelsie Imai and Daejah Phillips; and
  • Men’s basketball players Samuta Avea and Kamaka Hepa.

While exact terms of the agreements are confidential, Bank of Hawaii is offering added opportunities for its SimpliFi Athletes, which include financial education and preparedness; professional/career development and training, such as internships; and community service and engagement experiences. The endorsement partnerships were made possible by the July 1 change to the longstanding name, image, likeness (NIL) policy by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

“Bank of Hawaii has been supporting local student-athletes for decades, and showing our ongoing encouragement of these amazing young people is a natural progression,” said Peter Ho, chairman, president and CEO of Bank of Hawaii. “Local college athletes bring such positivity to our tight-knit community. Our SimpliFi Athletes are role models in their own right. And we are honored to partner with them, and offer a variety of opportunities that could shape their futures.”

“I’m super grateful to be one of the first generation of athletes to get this opportunity. And with Bank of Hawaii’s longtime relationship with the school, it’s an honor to be a SimpliFi Athlete,” said Brooke Van Sickle.

Bank of Hawaii has been serving the community for nearly 125 years. With a deep commitment to financial well-being, the bank’s longstanding outreach efforts range from giving campaigns to hands-on community service projects to teaching financial literacy—from keiki to kūpuna. Bank of Hawaii’s SimpliFi Athletes would also serve as ambassadors in efforts to help promote the importance of financial education, literacy and awareness for generations of families in Hawaii.


About SimpliFi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center

Bank of Hawaii is supporting the University of Hawai‘i’s Athletics Department with a $5 million sponsorship over the next 10 years. The agreement included naming rights to the center, now called “SimpliFi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center.” To further support the college athletes and honor a beloved former Athletics Director, Bank of Hawaii created the Stan Sheriff Endowment Scholarship Fund, a $100,000 endowment scholarship for student-athletes.

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