Year-round spirit of giving: Local doctors and nurses volunteer time and expertise to UH Hilo Vulcans

From free physical exams to specialty care, local doctors and nurses see to it that Vulcan student-athletes have the best medical attention possible.

Kensei Gibbs
Kensei Gibbs

For University of Hawai‘i at Hilo‘s head athletic trainer Kensei Gibbs, his department couldn’t function without the volunteer medical assistance that he receives from local hospitals and private practices.

From free physical exams to specialty care, local doctors and nurses see to it that Vulcan student-athletes have the best medical attention possible.

“We couldn’t provide first-class medical care for our student-athletes without [the volunteers’] commitment,” says Gibbs. “They give with their time, support and effort. They go beyond the call of duty. Because of that, our kids receive the best possible medical care. I can’t thank them enough for their support.”

On-site physicals are free for UH Hilo players at the start of their seasons, provided by local doctors and nurses. The medical group provides a rotation every Monday to visit the Vulcan training room to assist in the care and rehabilitation of the student-athletes.

Patrick Guillen
Patrick Guillen

Additionally, Gibbs has on speed dial every local specialty physician, from cardiologists to neurologists to physical therapists, all whom are willing to donate their services to UH Hilo athletics.

“We couldn’t do what we do without our volunteers,” says Athletic Director Patrick Guillen. “They save us thousands and thousands of dollars every year through their donation of goods and services.