Seattle Seahawks linebacker Lofa Tatupu has donated $10,000 to USA Football to aide its efforts towards establishing a youth football program in American Samoa.
Tatupu's father, Mosi Tatupu, was the first native-born American Samoan to be selected to play in an NFL Pro Bowl, and Tatupu's ancestry has compelled him to further the sport on the island.
"This is an island and a culture centered around family," Tatupu said in a press release. "There is a strong sense of togetherness, respect for others, sacrificing for the good of the family, and teamwork woven into American Samoan life – these are the very same values found in successful people and winning football programs.
"These kids deserve a shot, an opportunity. I thank USA Football and everyone who has had a hand in helping American Samoa’s kids enjoy this sport in an exciting way that they’ve not experienced before this year."
As 60 Minutes recently featured, football comes naturally to American Samoans, and it's often a ticket to a higher education. (via Jodatoa's Blog)
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