(Honolulu, HAWAII)--Pacific Islands Athletic Alliance (PIAA) will host its 9th Annual National Letter of Intent (NLI) signing day event, the single largest signing event in the nation, on Feb. 6, 2013 at the Sheraton Waikiki. About 30 high school seniors are expected to sign to play college sports.
The event is sponsored by the Sheraton Waikiki, The James & Abigail Campbell Family Foundation, Downtown Athletic Club Hawaii, Under Armour, Hawaii Bowl Foundation, and the Hawaii Building & Construction Trades Council.
Pacific Islands Athletic Alliance is 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 $16 million in athletic and academic funding, grants and financial aid for over 1,200 student athletes in 13 different sports.
Athletes must check in by 6 a.m. with introductions to begin at 6:20 a.m. with signing at 7 a.m. Press may arrive as early as 5:30 a.m. Signing will be for athletes from the following sports: NCAA Football, Men’s & Women’s Soccer, Men’s Water Polo, Men's and Women’s Cross Country and Track & Field. Athletes signing with NAIA colleges in any sport may sign.
The following student athletes are confirmed with many more expected to make their commitment, RSVP and attend.
•Michael Atuaia, Mililani Football, U of Minnesota-Crookston
•Dempsey Lynn Banks, Punahou Soccer, Cornell
•Michael Boyd, Farrington Football, Saint Francis University (PA)
•Mitchell Boyd, Farrington Football, Saint Francis University (PA)
•Noah M. Chang, Punahou Soccer, Pitzer College
•Kamalei Correa, Saint Louis Football, Boise State
•Isabelle Delgado, Moanalua Soccer, UNLV
•Titus Failauga, Mid Pacific/Pac 5 Football, San Diego State or University of Hawaii*
•Colton Goeas, Saint Louis Football, University of Kansas
•Kai Gonda, Kaiser Football, Weber State University
•Reeve Koehler, Saint Louis Football, University of Kansas or University of Arkansas*
•Solomon Leaeno, James Campbell Football, TBA**
•Wesley Nagaseu, Waipahu Football, TBA**
•Kyle Obana, Punahou Football, Brown University
•Scott Pagano, Moanalua Football, Clemson University
•Ekolu Ramos III, Mililani Football, University of Minnesota-Crookston
•Madison Reed, Mililani Soccer, University of Hawaii
•Tierra “TJ” Reyno, Mililani Soccer, University of Hawaii
•Ualesi Sale, Aiea Football, University of Hawaii
•Isaac Savaiinaea, Punahou Football, Texas A&M or UCLA
•Amate Savusa, James Campbell Football, TBA**
•Jeremy Tabuyo, Saint Louis Football, Texas A&M
•Jenson Toner, Punahou Soccer, University of Southern California
•Ryan Tuiasoa, Punahou Football, Weber State University
•Kennedy Tulimasealii, Waianae Football, University of Hawaii
•Dakota Turner, Mililani Football, San Diego State
•Jaryn Villegas, Leilehua Football, TBA**
*Expected to announce final decision week of January 21.
**Taking visits this week, have offers, no decisions yet.
The next signing period which covers all sports begins Apr. 1, 2013. You may find regular updates to this list by going to the PIAA Web site: www.pacificathleticalliance.com
Event will be followed by interviews, photos and continental breakfast. Athletes must RSVP by Feb. 1, although late commits are welcome to attend as well. The event will be attended by families, friends, coaches and athletic directors. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, go to www.pacificathleticalliance.com or call 808-226-7077.
(Source: Pacific Islands Athletic Alliance Press Release)