Gift from Raising Cane's helps promote opening of ODKF Scholarships and Grants Applications

Raising Cane's donated $5,000 to ODKF to kick of application season.

October 19, 2021

Raising Cane’s donated $5,000 to the Outrigger Duke Kahanamoku Foundation (ODKF) in support of its “Duke’s Sports” student-athlete scholarship and grant program. The program supports Hawai’i collegiate student-athletes, as well as local teams and events, involved in watersports and volleyball.

To kick-off the launch of the foundation’s application period, Raising Cane’s Regional Marketing Leader Ali Urbick presented the check to ODKF Executive Director Sarah Fairchild, alongside former scholarship awardees, Mehana Leafchild, a student athlete at Chaminade University and Ocean Vuong, a student athlete at U.H. on Friday, October 15 at the Raising Cane’s King Street and University Avenue restaurant. Connie Sizemore, Executive Director of Surfrider Spirit Sessions, also helped accept the check on behalf of grantees.

“We are extremely honored to support this great organization and its work helping inspire student-athletes to emulate the character of the great Duke Kahanamoku,” said Urbick. “Our goal is to give back to our local communities and provide them the tools they need to grow and succeed. This partnership helps us work toward that goal.”

ODKF has gifted more than 800 grants and 1000 scholarships totaling more than $3 million since its inception in 1986. As Hawaii’s young scholars strive to meet the rising cost of higher education, the foundation aims to provide the necessary support for its recipients to achieve their education and athletic goals. Last year, the Foundation awarded $101,500 through 34 scholarships to graduating high school seniors and current college students from across Hawai’i.

The Foundation has sponsored numerous student-athletes who have gone on to participate in the Olympics, including Christopher Duplanty who competed in three Olympic games for water polo, and Tracy Phillips Darling and Michael Harbold for kayaking.

The scholarship and grant application forms are now available at and the deadlines to apply is December 31, 2021, for grants and January 31, 2022  for scholarships.  


Founded by Todd Graves in 1996 in Baton Rouge, La., RAISING CANE'S CHICKEN FINGERS has more than 560 Restaurants in 31 states, the Middle East and Guam with 75 new Restaurants and 20 new markets planned for 2021. The company has ONE LOVE®—quality chicken finger meals—and is continually recognized for its unique business model and customer satisfaction. Raising Cane’s vision is to grow Restaurants, serving our customers, all over the world and be the brand for quality chicken finger meals, a great Crew, cool Culture, and Active Community Involvement. In addition to being named the “Fastest Growing Chicken Chain” by Nation’s Restaurant News in 2020, Raising Cane’s was also named the #1 fast-casual restaurant for “Keeping Customers Safe.” More information is available at


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