Troy and Theodora Polamalu Foundation launches Fa'aSamoa Initiative

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Troy and Theodora Polamalu Foundation
Logo for the newly-launched Fa'aSamoa Initiative.

REGISTRATION OPENS FEB. 2; DEADLINE IS MAY 1

(PITTSBURGH-Jan. 30, 2015) – On June 23-27, 2015, the Troy and Theodora Polamalu Foundation Fund will support its third bi-annual youth camp in American Samoa. This year the camp officially carries the name, Fa'a Samoa Camp, as a division of a larger program, the Fa’a Samoa Initiative. What originally began as a football camp for boys in its first year (2011), expanded to include a volleyball division and academic and life skills workshop for the athletes in 2013, now features an enhanced Academic and Life Skills Division as well as a comprehensive medical mission for 2015.

“In working with Samoan government officials, medical experts and educators we have identified several needs within the community,” says Troy Polamalu. “It has always been Theodora's and my intention to leave behind a lasting, positive impact in my country of heritage. The expansion of the Fa'a Samoa Initiative with a full Academic Division and medical mission, is the next step in helping the talented and driven youth of American Samoa to take things to the next level.”

The new Academic and Life Skills Division offers a five-day engaging, multi-sensory workshop for 9th graders and up. It aims to help all high school students on-island to advance their academic, personal and career development in age-specific curricula.

This year for the first time, one student from each division (Football, Volleyball, and Academics) will win a trip to the US mainland to participate in a similar program. The winners will be chosen from those students that exemplify the goals the Fa'a Samoa Initiative aims to instill in the American Samoan youth.

“It is our vision to engage the entire island in a weeklong celebration of academics and athletics while providing medical care. The initiative will culminate in a festival and concert celebrating the glories of the Polynesian culture that I am proud to be a part of,” says Troy Polamalu.

Students that are interested in signing up for either the Football, Volleyball or Academic Division of the Fa'a Samoa Initiative can obtain application forms from their school counselors and coaches starting the week of Feb. 2, 2015. The deadline to sign-up for the Fa'a Samoa Initiative is May 1, 2015.

Among the team that will travel to American Samoa in June 2015 with the Polamalus, are John Kessel, Director of Sport Development of USA Volleyball and voted one of the 50 most influential people in sports in the past 100 years by Volleyball Magazine; Kennedy Polamalu, running back coach for the UCLA Bruins; Kalani Sitake, defensive coordinator for the Oregon State University Beavers football team; Pete Kwiatkowski, defensive coordinator for the Washington Huskies football team and former defensive coordinator of the Boise State Broncos football team; T.C. McCartney, running back coach for the Cleveland Browns; and Doug Elisaia, strength and conditioning coach for the University of Utah's football team.

The Fa’a Samoa Initiative was developed by Troy Polamalu to implement positive change in American Samoa, the land of Troy’s heritage. What originally began as a football camp in 2011 has now grown to encompass a three-tiered program offering an academic division, athletic camp, and medical mission. The initiative promotes healthy living, safe sportsmanship, and the importance of education in the island’s youth population, as well as addressing the current medical issues facing all of the American Samoan people.

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