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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Coach June Jones And NFL Players Lead Delegation To Pago Pago For Second-Annual American Samoa Football Academy & Medical Mission

June 25, 2009

Honolulu, Hawaii - The June Jones Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity based in Honolulu, today announced final details of the second-annual American Samoa Football Academy & Medical Mission, which will be held at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Pago Pago, American Samoa, June 26 & 27.

The Academy is sponsored by the June Jones Foundation and provides a free two-day clinic for all American Samoa high school junior varsity and varsity football players and their coaches. Nearly 1,000 players are expected to attend this year's Academy, doubling the number of participants from last year. The Academy and Medical Mission also will provide $250,000 in medical supplies, up from $150,000 last year, as well as $50,000 in football equipment and attire, five $2,000 scholarships to U.S. colleges and several hundred pairs of football cleats. The cleats' donation was organized by UCLA assistant football coach Frank Gansz, Jr. The scholarship program is sponsored by American Samoa-based Blue Sky Communications and recipients will be chosen based on recommendations and criteria established by the American Samoan Department of Education.

SMU Head Football Coach June Jones will be joined at the Academy by Hawaii Head Coach Greg McMackin, current and former NFL players of Samoan descent, including Jesse Sapolu, Jack Thompson, Ma'a Tanuvasa, Samson Satele and Ta'ase Faumui, as well as several members of both the SMU and Hawaii football coaching staffs.

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