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VOLUNTEERS, ATHLETES STEP IN TO FILL THE GAP AFTER SPORTS FUNDING CUT

Funding levels for summer sports cut to new lows
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Despite funding cuts for youth sports and recreation in the territory for the summer months, programs and activities are still moving forward as planned, thanks to the efforts of dedicated coaches, trainers, volunteers, and mentors.
 
One of the driving forces behind the sports programs is the Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR), responsible for making various sports activities possible for the territory’s youth during the summer months.
 



JR Prep Sports turns its sights on Volleyball with Summer Clinics

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Following a successful inaugural football season in the territory, the JR Prep Sports (JPS) Amerika Samoa crew is busy conducting its 2016 Summer Volleyball Clinic — targeting 8-17 year olds — which kicked off June 15 and will officially end July 16.

 

This is the first time JPS is hosting a local summer volleyball clinic and the turnout has been overwhelming.

 

The sessions are held three times a week (Mondays, Wednesdays, and alternating Fridays and Saturdays) from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Tafuna High School gymnasium.



U20 picks team leaders; game times released

Paul Collins has been selected as captain by the management and players of the American Samoa Men’s soccer U-20 National Team.

 

Ferrin Manuleleua and Tor-Lawrence Mana’o were picked as vice-captains to assist Collins as team leaders.

 

Collins has been a member of American Samoa’s youth national teams since 2013, appearing on the U-17 squad as a starting defender, a position he continues to play for his club and representative teams.

 



New Caledonia handball coach expects we will do well in Oceania tournament

Seven day handball camp concluded
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A New Caledonia based coach spent a week in American Samoa training local athletes as part of the ongoing efforts of the American Samoa Handball Association (ASHA) to prepare athletes for the International Handball Federal (IHF) Oceania tournament later this year.
 
Forty handball athletes from across the territory took part in ASHA's 7-day handball camp which ran from June 6-June 14 at the Veterans Memorial Stadium in Tafuna.
 



American Samoa Men’s U-20 squad finalized

The hopes of the Football Federation American Samoa have been placed trustingly on 18 young men ready to compete in the upcoming 2016 OFC Men’s U-20 Preliminary Championship in Tonga.

 

“You have all been training hard for several months and the executive committee and I expect that you will give it your best,” Faiivae Iuli Alex Godinet said during the team’s luncheon with their parents on Sunday, June 12.

 



MANU SAMOA MEETS FIJI

Namulau’ulu Alama Ieremia has named his Manu Samoa team for their clash against Fiji in Suva on Saturday (Friday in Pago Pago) AT 3 P.M. The Coach has emphasized experience and fitness in naming his top 15-man squad.
 
Long serving first five Tusiapta Pisi will play and will also serve as goal kicker. Popular player, Alafoti Faosiliva has been moved from the flanker position he played in against Georgia last week to the #8 slot.  Fa'atoina Autagavaia will slide into the wing position instead of fullback.  
 



Western New Mexico U head football coach on island to establish strong partnership

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Second chances don’t come very often in life but fortunately for the young people of American Samoa, the golden opportunity has come in the form of a man named Adam Clark. He is on island to make direct connections for Western New Mexico University — both with the current crop of graduates as well as with those who have already graduated high school and still meet the National Collegiate Athletics Association (NCAA) requirements.
 



Manu Samoa makes four changes for Fiji test

Samoa has added some experience among four changes to the starting team to face Fiji in Saturday's Pacific Nations Cup Test in Suva.

Three of those changes come up front, with 40-test veteran Sakaria Taulafo replacing Sam Aiono at loosehead prop.

Faifili Levave has been named to start on the blindside flank, with Alafoti Faosiliva shifting to number eight and Jeff Lepa dropping to the bench after making his test debut against Georgia.



AYFS nears fundraising goal — lend your support

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Aspiring football players for the American Youth Football in Samoa (AYFS) have almost reached their goal of raising $90,000 to fund a trip that will take them to San Diego, CA next Friday.
 
Over two dozen players, in addition to parents and the coaching staff have— for the past several weeks — been raising money to cover the cost of airfare, accommodations, transportation, and meals.
 



Manu Samoa and Georgia Tie at 19-all

Manu Samoa and the visiting Georgia team fought to a 19-all draw in their test match at Apia Park on Saturday.  Each team scored one try with Samoa’s captain, David Lemi touching down for his team while Georgia was awarded a push over touchdown from a scrum late in the 2nd half.

 

Samoa fielded a young team that included 10 players who had their first exposure to international test match against an experienced Georgia side that included more than 20 players who have represented their country to World and international games.

 



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