The American Samoa National Olympic Committee held a radiothon on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011 to raise funds to go directly towards the needs of Team American Samoa, while they are competing in the Pacific Games in New Caledonia this coming Aug. 27- Sept. 10.
Samoa News was told by an un-confirmed source that American Samoa has 116 athletes competing in the games; and the President of ASNOC, Ken Tupua, has stated a contingent of 160+ comprising athletes, coaches, officials and guests will be leaving on the charter flight for the games tomorrow, Tuesday, Aug. 23.
The funds raised during Saturday’s radiothon will be used for the athletes while in New Caledonia to pay for such items as food, water, sleeping quarters and overall care, according to the National Basketball Team of American Samoa asst. coach Diehl Langkilde, (far right). He was a part of the volunteers at the radiothon central site, located in front of Samoana High School. Volunteers from the American Samoa Baseball Association included Soia Solaita Ioupu (L) and Charmaine Faleaana (C).
Other locations of the radiothon were located at sites in Nu’uuli, at the ASNOC main office (Lyon’s Park), in Leone and at the FFAS soccer field in Pago Pago. Unofficially: the total funds raised on Saturday during this final push for the SP Games 2011 — Team American Samoa — was $8,356, according to ASNOC officials. (See story inside for more details)
[photo: Jeff Hayner]