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FH100 exceeds it goal for 2012-13 to find college homes for local student-athletes

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Recently, Field House 100 (FH100) American Samoa announced it has seen eight more student-athletes find college homes for the upcoming football season. “We have still been working our contacts and reaching out to new schools over the summer, so more of the student-athletes can find colleges to attend while continuing their educational dreams,” expressed Executive Director of FH100 American Samoa Brandon Smart.

Field House 100 American Samoa is a non-profit organization designed to help student-athletes in American Samoa gain acceptance into college by helping the students transition from high school to college.

“These additional athletes helped push Field House 100 over its 2012-2013 school year goal of placing 40 students-athletes into college in one year. The total amount of scholarships for this year exceeded 1.5 million dollars,” explained Smart. He went on to say that these numbers, compiled with numbers from the last two years, pushes the organization’s total number of student-athletes in college at over 70 with a combined total of 2.5 million dollars in scholarships.

The executive director stated, “It has been very rewarding working with the school’s counselors, administration, coaches and families to see our group effort become a success. We look forward to seeing what happens over the next year.”

The director will be leaving American Samoa for the month of August to help raise support for the organization off island while visiting colleges in Hawaii, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Tennessee, North Carolina and Kentucky. He added, “Our budget last year was only $2,000, but produced 1.5 million in scholarships and we drained it pretty fast, so we need to continue to find financial support wherever we can. Plus, this trip will allow us to see coaches face-to-face and sell them on the idea of recruiting American Samoa”.

“Like every other business, we feel that if we can find new resources we can add to the return on investment we saw last year, but without new support, budget constraints could make it tough with the rising costs of doing a non-profit that does not charge the families on the island a dime,” he said. “We are having a lot of fun doing this, plus we will get to visit with our former students and spend time with them, catching up and supporting them through the college years,” concluded Smart. For more information about Field House 100, visit them on their newly launched website at fh100recruiting.com

Here are the additional seven student athletes and the school each will be attending:

Peni Te’i (LHS) Grossmont Community College

Ronald Tialavea (FHS) Grossmont Community College

Eric McMullin (LHS) Scottsdale Community College

Esera Iosefa (LHS) El Camino Community College

Fautua Taulelei (THS) Pima Community College

Filo Langkilde (THS) Austin Peay University

Scotland Elisara (LHS) Alcorn State University



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