Dr. F. Lisa Uperesa, keynote speaker for PIAA spring signing

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Parents stand behind their student-athletes during PIAA's February 2013 signing held at the Sheraton Waikiki.

(Honolulu, HAWAI’I) – University of Hawai’i Assistant Professor Dr. Fa’anofo Lisa Uperesa will deliver the keynote speech at the Pacific Islands Athletic Alliance spring signing, Wednesday, April 17. at the Elks Club Lodge 616 in Waikiki.

In a press statement issued yesterday, PIAA says it hosts the only state-wide signing event in the U.S. during the spring. Twenty-five students are registered to sign letters of intent and scholarship agreements April 17.

Uperesa, keynote speaker, is a faculty member jointly appointed in the UH-Manoa’s Ethnic Studies and Sociology departments, author and lecturer on "Fields of Labor: American Football, Samoan Players, and Changing Visions of the Good Life."

The Samoana High School graduate and mother of two— holds a bachelor's degree in sociology and ethnic studies, from the University of California, Berkeley. She received her master’s and doctorate degrees from the Department of Anthropology from the prestigious University of Columbia.

Her doctoral dissertation, “Fabled Futures: Development, Gridiron Football, and Transnational Movements in American Samoa,” explored the Samoan transnational movement through American football.

The April 17 event is for athletes in the high school Class of 2013 in all sports both NCAA and NAIA, who did not sign in November 2012 or February 2013.

In a media release, PIAA explains they are “a 501c3 nonprofit organization assisting Hawaii and American Samoa athletes secure college placement and scholarships. Since 2003 PIAA, with an all volunteer staff, has assisted in securing over $18 million in athletic and academic scholarships, grants and financial aid for over 1,350 student athletes in 13 different sports.”

PIAA believes all athletes who have worked hard in the classroom and on the playing field who are achieving their goal of playing college sports deserve recognition, even those not playing for FBS/Division 1 programs.

The signing is sponsored by the Elks Club Lodge 616, The James & Abigail Campbell Family Foundation, Downtown Athletic Club Hawaii, Under Armour and the Hawaii Bowl Foundation.

Signing is 7 a.m. sharp, is free and open to the public. Press may arrive as early as 5:45 a.m. Event will be followed by interviews, photos and continental breakfast.

Currently 25 athletes have registered to attend the event with more expected to RSVP. Deadline is 12 p.m., Tuesday, April 16.

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For more information on the April 17 signing, visit www.pacificathleticalliance.com, e-mail info@pacificathleticalliance.com or call 808-226-7077.

(Source: PIAA Media Release)

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