I've said it before, and I'll say it again and again and again:As
noble as Tahi and these others are for doing this, if almost all of these kids
spent as much time reading and studying as they do playing sports, their odds of
both a scholarship and success in life would go way up. I'm not a sports hater,
but I didn't play college football and I do have college degrees, and education
is the vehicle for education.
This camp is not just about football, it's just as much about learning life
skills and targets kids who may not otherwise have an avenue to attend college.
I totally agree that time spent studying is important and that is one of the
major focal points of this camp.The sports environment helps get kids
interested and attending and offers these NFL athletes the forum to teach the
kids about the importance of studying in school so while you may think your
preaching is helpful "rational", you really don't understand what you
are criticizing and sound like a guy who really is a hater. I'd suggest
organizing a study camp to see how many kids show up to hear you preach.Good for Fahu and Tevita and the others who are donating their time for free
to these kids.
Rational-No one has ever said sports were more important than
education, but what time of the year is it right now? Summer. Is school in
session right now? No. So are you saying that these kids should only be inside
all day reading and studying during there summer vacation!? Heaven forbid these
kids get out in the sun and run around to get in shape. Everyone knows education
is more important than sports, but you are taking it way to far.
I counsel all of the athletes at a local high school, the majority of them being
Polynesian and if just one of these young men pays attention to what these
NFL'ers tells them it will be worth the camp. Thanks!
@ RationalAlthough your point is dead-on correct and we do not
disagree, we need to consider the background and situation of these youngsters.
As young Polys most of them come from hard-working middle class homes where most
of their parents were not able to go to college and many of these boys will be
the first ever to attend college. These are just boys. We should
allow(and perhaps even encourage) their dreams as reality will overtake them
quickly enough and the need for a higher education become even more apparent.
Participation in sports is an integral part of the education process
helping both young men and women learn discipline, hard work, and teamwork. Far
better to have them on playing fields with mentors and role models than the
alternative gangs, etc. that far too many young Polys fall into.Kudos and thanks to Fahu, Haloti, and their brothers for taking the time our
of their busy training schedules to provide these young men with such positive
role models. We applaud your efforts.
I agree that "athletics" is a GREAT vehicle to reach MANY of these
kids AND that "rational" is incorrect because for MANY of these kids
"education" is not the vehicle for eduction.That being
said, I do take issue with the comment by "andrewute1":"No one has ever said sports were more important than
education".....REALLY?I wish that parents would anxiously walk
around the house wondering how their child will do on his test like they do at
the little league game wondering if there kid will hit. I wish they'd call the
principal when their boy doesn't get called on to participate in class or gets
another packet/video while the teacher surfs the web like they call the coach
when "Johnny" doesn't get to play much. I wish they would sit down and
read to their kid or with their kid as much as they watch Sportscenter or
dissect Jimmer's stats or who he plays this week or where he'll go in the
draft.Our actions are speaking WAY louder than our words to our
kids. They SEE what is important.I'm Guilty as charged AND GREAT
job for including the classroom in your camp!!!
I loved watching Tahi play at BYU and am glad to see him doing great things with
his position of influence as an NFL player. He's a good example of what
athletes should do with the role model position they are placed into.
Feinge never played a snap in the NFL.
Feinga played in the last three games of the year for the Dolphins.
This is what happens when I comment too late, and using my mobile. Let me
correct my statement:"I DID play college football and I do have
college degrees, and education is the vehicle for education."I'm not a sports hater, I have coached little league sports many years, and I
agree with this part of Boo Yaa's comments:"I wish that parents
would anxiously walk around the house wondering how their child will do on his
test like they do at the little league game wondering if there kid will hit. I
wish they'd call the principal when their boy doesn't get called on to
participate in class or gets another packet/video while the teacher surfs the
web like they call the coach when "Johnny" doesn't get to play much. I
wish they would sit down and read to their kid or with their kid as much as they
watch Sportscenter or dissect Jimmer's stats or who he plays this week or where
he'll go in the draft.Our actions are speaking WAY louder than our
words to our kids. They SEE what is important."
And I'll add this: Sports is only a vehicle to an education if Johnny can read
and write when he gets to college. Education FIRST, sports second.
I agree that it SHOULD be that way, but sadly it is not. I think we are on the
same page on this one. You want to see where we stand as a nation? We are
having these "hard" economic times, YET we continue to PAY athletes
millions of dollars. The dollars would not be there if WE didn't buy the stuff
and go to the games. We continue to cut education services and what a travesty
when you see what the guys gets payed who drags you out of your burning house
and how much the guy gets who (where do I start: rapes, cheats, shoots, steals)
plays a game. I know they aren't all bad, BUT theres a guy on the Lakers who is
REVERED and he makes so much he could pay-off the girl he raped, buy his
mother-in-law a new house and 3.89 carrots for his "wife." We are WAY out of balance!!!
Tahi is the man!!!!!!!!!! Keep making all of us proud.