The parents of ‘Iolani School alumnus Marc Ma — a Nevada defensive lineman who perished during a paddle-board outing on Lake Tahoe in June — have decided to turn down an invitation to serve as honorary captains for the University of Hawaii football team this Saturday.
UH head coach Nick Rolovich, who was Nevada’s offensive coordinator when he recruited Ma to the Reno school, extended the invitation to Michael and Michele Ma a few weeks ago. UH plays host to Nevada at Aloha Stadium on Saturday.
The couple initially accepted, but then decided to decline on Tuesday night.
Michael Ma said he and his family “are very appreciative of Coach Rolovich’s offer but (we) feel loyalty to Nevada because Marc was a Wolf Pack player.”
Nevada retired Ma’s No. 59 for the next three years. His jersey is encased in the Wolf Pack locker room. Nevada also reimbursed Marc’s summer tuition, paid for his belongings to be sent to Hawaii, sold his car, and arranged for the memorial service.