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Swim equip donated to ASAA for OS/OS

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On Monday afternoon, Jan. 14, specialized swimming equipment was donated to the American Samoa Aquatics Agency (ASAA). The donation came from Ralph S. Howard of Cameron, North Carolina who is a frequent visitor to the territory. The equipment will be used for the Ocean Science/Ocean Swimming class of Samoana High School and for the free summer swimming lessons held by ASAA. [photo: Jeff Hayner]

Swimming equipment was donated on Monday to the American Samoa Aquatics Agency (ASAA) that included swimming goggles and swimming caps, by Ralph S. Howard of Cameron, North Carolina, who is a frequent visitor to the territory. The donation was presented through local resident Moana Hatcher, who is a volunteer at the LBJ Tropical Medical Center.

Some of the equipment will be used for the Ocean Science/Ocean Swimming (OS/OS) Class of Samoana High School and for the free swimming lessons conducted by the ASAA during the summer time. The OS/OS class is fully funded by the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa (NMSAS) who teach Ocean Science as part of class at Samoana, while the ASAA teaches the swimming part of the same class at Utulei Beach Park.

Howard also sent a donation of stuffed bears to the LBJ Tropical Medical Center Pediatric Ward and the Tafuna Health Center Well Baby Clinic, and the bears were also given out to the happy recipients this past Monday.

“I would like to thank Mr. Howard of North Carolina for the donation of the equipment, as it will be put to good use as we teach these young students of Samoana how to swim, and how to save lives in the water, as well as teaching Marine Science and how to take care of the ocean,” said head of the ASAA Zero Iaulualo.

On hand during the presentation of the equipment was Isabel Gaoteote of the National Marine Sanctuary of American Samoa and Meauta Mageo who is the Department of Education representative for the OS/OS. Both expressed gratitude, saying they were very thankful for the equipment. This school semester, there will be another group of students from Samoana who will be attending the OS/OS class.

Two OS/OS students made local history last month when they took part in the ASAA’s annual ‘Swim A Mile To Save A Life’ (Aua Le Maila Ia Sefe Ai Le Ola) — Aisa Ieremia and Tofa’i Sua made the swim that began in Aua and went across the deep waters of Pago Pago harbor to Utulei Beach Park.



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