Syngenta and Monsanto Donate to OIA Swim Championships
(Wed) January 25, 2012
companies, business rivals on a day-to-day basis, set aside their competitive differences
to jointly help the Oahu Interscholastic Association Swimming Championships
secure a new venue for this year’s meet.
for January 27 and 28, the Division Championships will take place at the
Veteran’s Memorial Aquatic Center (VMAC) in Waipio.
should be held at first-rate facilities,” said Michael Austin, station manager
for Syngenta Hawaii. “We’re happy we
could help OIA secure a high caliber venue for its top notch athletes.”
credited Sean Barrett, Kaiser High School’s swimming coach, for taking the
initiative to secure funding for the swim championships. A third party to the
effort was Monsanto Hawaii, which, like Syngenta, is a member of Hawaii’s seed
industry and a competitive business rival.
The two companies collaborated to contribute a total of $1,800 toward
Barrett’s fundraising effort, making the OIA Swim Championships at VMAC a
can’t talk much (with Syngenta) about our daily business, but for something
like this where we can help our kids and community, we’re more than happy to be
on the same team,” said Fred Perlak, vice president of research and business
operations for Monsanto Hawaii. “We’re pleased we could work with Mike (Austin)
and Coach Barrett on this great endeavor.”
people like the folks at Syngenta Hawaii and Monsanto Hawaii who support OIA
sports and the swimming program that allow us to promote our young athletes and
impart all the great life lessons that kids learn from being involved in
athletics,” Barrett said. “We’re
grateful for their support.”
Syngenta and Monsanto are both part of Hawaii’s growing seed
industry, utilizing the latest in scientific knowledge and leading technology
to develop improved plant varieties that can benefit farmers and communities
around the world.