Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Goodwill Tour to visit Australia, New Zealand and Samoa
Honolulu, HI (May 10, 2016) – The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame announced today a Goodwill Tour that will include visits to Apia, Auckland, Pago Pago and Sydney on June 6 -14, 2016.
Led by Super Bowl Champions and Polynesian Football Hall of Fame Co-Founders Jesse Sapolu and Ma’a Tanuvasa, the Goodwill Tour will raise awareness about the many educational opportunities American Football can provide for young Polynesians in the Pacific. Football clinics will also be open to all youth free of charge.
“We are thrilled to have the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame down under, said Paul Manera, local organizer and Director of Bring it On Sports. “Jesse and Ma’a are legends in the Polynesian community and American Football.”
Youth clinic details and other events will be announced in the coming weeks. The Polynesian Football Goodwill Tour schedule is as follows: Pago Pago, American Samoa June 6 & 7; Apia, Samoa June 8 & 9; Auckland, New Zealand June 9 – 11, and Sydney, Australia June 11 – 14.
“The growth and success of Polynesians in American Football has been extraordinary,” said Jesse Sapolu, four-time Super Bowl Champion. “The emergence of Rugby legend and current San Francisco 49er Jarryd Hayne is a great example of this.”
“The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame is committed to reaching Polynesian youth throughout the world, said two-time Super Bowl Champion Ma’a Tanuvasa. “American Football is a platform for educational opportunity.”
About the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame
The Polynesian Football Hall of Fame honors Polynesia’s greatest players, coaches and contributors. As a 501(C)(3) organization, the Hall of Fame preserves and promotes Polynesian football history and awards scholarships for Polynesian student-athletes.
About Jesse Sapolu
As a former offensive lineman for the University of Hawai’i, Jesse played offensive guard and center for the San Francisco 49ers for 15 seasons (1983-97). He was named an All-Pro twice and is one of only 23 NFL players in history to win four or more Super Bowl Rings. Jesse is Chairman and Co-Founder of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame and a Class of 2015 Inductee.
About Ma’a Tanuvasa
As a former defensive end for the University of Hawaii, Ma’a was an eighth round draft pick by the Los Angeles Rams. He is a Two-Time Super Bowl Champion as a member of the Denver Broncos and led his team in sacks (1993, 1994). Ma’a was inducted into the Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame in 2006. He serves as Vice-Chairman and the Co-Founder of the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame.