HAwai’i Men’s Volleyball Team Trading Card Packs now available for purchase

BY HSRN STAFF
PUBLISHED APRIL 18, 2024

Move aside HOLO card, there’s a new must-have card in the state.

Make that cards, plural.

Trading cards featuring members of the University of Hawai’i men’s volleyball team are now on sale, per a press release put out by The Brandr Group Friday.

The press release said that the University of Hawai’i has partnered with ONIT, a leader in the name, image and likeness (NIL) trading card space, to launch an initiative where 4,500 packs of trading cards are available for purchase at the university’s campus bookstore (in-store or online), the H-Zone at the Simplifi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center and 19 participating Hawaii Texaco stations, which are operated by Island Energy Services.

 

Each pack of 14 cards contains a variety of designs featuring current players of the 2024 University of Hawai’i Men’s Volleyball team. Fans can also be on the lookout for autographed cards randomly inserted into various packs.

With the help of The Brandr Group, this marks ONIT’s first partnership with a collegiate men’s volleyball team. Members of the team will make appearances at the stores following the season to engage with fans and support the trading card program, the press release said.

The press release also said that participating student-athletes will promote the launch of the cards through their various social media platforms and team members will have autographed select cards inserted into various of the packs available for purchase.

“We really appreciate The Brandr Group facilitating innovative, inclusive and engaging student-athlete NIL opportunities such as this multifaceted program with ONIT and Island Energy,” said Craig Angelos, the Director of Athletics at the University of Hawaii.

“This campaign is a win-win and is true to the original spirit of NIL, allowing participating student-athletes a unique opportunity to profit from their NIL by bringing multiple brand partners to the table.”

Team members will be compensated based on a competitive revenue share per pack as well as for the including of their autographed cards and social media content while also getting compensated by Island Energy Services for making appearances at its proprietary convenience store concept —called AMA — to give the athletes multiple financial streams from one singular campaign, the press release said.

“The University of Hawaii has full embraced how a robust NIL campaign can maximize opportunities for its student-athletes, while creating authentic programs that are the right fits for local brands on the islands,” said Rick Perko, Vice President of Program Development at the Brandr Group.

“Working closely together, ONIT, Island Energy and The Brandr Group are creating innovative ways to engage student-athletes in meaningful campaigns that make a notable difference for all involved.”

Participating Texaco Stations include:

Oahu

Kailua Texaco (710 Kailua Road)

Kapolei Texaco (91-565 Farrington Highway)

Kamokila Texaco (484 Kamokila Blvd.)

Aikahi Park Texaco (25 Kaneohe Bay Drive)

Moanalua Texaco (986 Valkenburgh St.)

Mililani Texaco (95-130 Kamehameha Highway)

Stadium Texaco (4561 Salt Lake Blvd)

Kapiolani Texaco (2969 S. Beretania Street)

Waiakamilo Texaco (909 Waiakamilo Road)

Kalihi Stream Texaco (2160 N King Street)

School Street Texaco (140 S School St.)

Mapunapuna Texaco (1055 Ahua Street)

Middle Street Texaco (1305 Middle Street)

Keolu Texaco (1070 Keolu Drive)

Maui

Uptown Texaco (2085 Main Street)

Hawaii Island

Waiakea Texaco (321 Maka’ala Street)

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