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The Fa’asao Marist High School Crusaders football team was the recent recipient of brand new football helmets donated by Nashville Sporting Goods, through Field House 100.

Nashville Sporting Goods is a major athletic distributor located in the state of Tennessee. FH100 American Samoa, which started in the territory in 2009, was organized and designed to help student-athletes transition from high school to college.

The donation has a value of over $2,000, according to Executive Director of Field House 100 (FH100) American Samoa, Brandon Smart. Smart is also Pastor at Tafuna Baptist Church.

“As part of Field House 100 American Samoa, and Tafuna Baptist’s mission to help the community, we bring down coaches from the mainland to run the ‘Camp of Champions’ and we were fortunate enough this year to have Fa’asao Marist High School be the recipient of new football football helmets at the same time,” said Smart.

The ‘Tennessee Football Camp of Champions,’ began in 2006 by the brother of Brandon Smart, Brian Smart, also of FH100 American Samoa and also a Pastor at Tafuna Baptist Church.

The camp has college and high school football coaches from the state of Tennessee come down to share their experience and teach about the game of football to our local football players. The camp began last Saturday and will be running through this week at Samoana High School. This year, the coaches from Tennessee were able to bring with them the donation of helmets, which they distributed to Fa’asao Marist High School as the recipient school.

Head football coach at Fa’asao Marist, Filo Langkilde commented on the donation: “We have been in need of new football helmets… We would like to thank Nashville Sporting Goods for their generous contribution to our program.

 “The Camp of Champions has been a major supporter of not only our program, but the other local teams on island as well,” he added.

Board Member of FH100 American Samoa Keiki Misipeka stated, “We would like to echo the same sentiments as coach Filo and say thank you. We’re proud of the coaches that we have brought down this year to run our football camp.

“These men have paid for their trip out of their own pockets, to come down and continue to build relationships with the student-athletes on the island. Many of these men have been to American Samoa many times over the last six years working our camp. We are very humbled by Head Football Coach Bill Alexander of Davidson Academy and Head Football Coach Jeff Brothers of Nashville Christian High for working the donations for our organization.”