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Saturday, July 25, 2009

AIGA Foundation and Hawaiian Air donate to Leone HS JV program and American Youth Football

Aiga Foundation and Hawaiian Airlines have teamed up to provide the Leone High School Junior Varsity football team and the American Youth Football of Samoa with much appreciated football equipment.

Aiga Foundation President George Malau’ulu coordinated with Hawaiian Airlines Pago Station Manager Ryan Anoa’i a shipment of over 30 helmets and shoulder pads.

Aiga Foundation has been supporting high schools in the Department of Education with sports equipment, uniforms and football clinics since the early 1990s.

Hawaiian Air accommodated the shipment of 20 boxes of the equipment.

Leone High School expressed their gratitude to Hawaiian Air for continuously supporting the community.

“Thanks to Hawaiian Air and Aiga Foundation, we were very blessed to receive the equipment before the opening of school,” shared LHS VP Haili Ripley. “Shiloh Pritchard, one of our JV coaches, contacted the Aiga Foundation and Hawaiian Airlines. The results have actually equipped two programs; the LHS JV football program and the American Youth Football of Samoa (AYFS).”

American Youth Football of Samoa was equally grateful and excited to receive equipment that will help launch their new program.

Pritchard went on to explain, that the new program for youth (11-14 year-olds) is a feeder development program which starts in January.

Officers are: Shiloh Pritchard (President), Ethan Lake (Vice President), Andrew Autele (Secretary), Victor Avalos (Treasurer) and Junior Poasa (Coordinator).

Six teams from the following districts have already registered: The Saints (Amaluia — Fagamalo), the Raiders (Leone — Pavai’a’i), Steelers (Faleniu, Vaitogi to Nu’uuli), Chargers (Faleniu/Vaitogi — Nu’uuli), Cardinals (eastside) and 49ers (eastside).

“Safety and protection are priority for all sports programs.” Ripley stated. “The helmets and shoulder pads sent will surely benefit both programs. We again thank Aiga Foundation and Hawaiian Airlines for their community spirit. We want to send a huge fa’afetai tele to Ms. Daisy Taulua, Mrs. Alofagia Nomura and Mrs. Letuli for their support in the shipping process.”

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