With the help of NIKE, Troy Polamalu made a huge donation of football equipment to the Department of Education today. 50 uniforms were donated for each high school, which included all the fittings, shoes, socks, cleats, belts, shirts and more. NIKE Sports Marketing Manager Mr. Forrest Sherman said the donation was valued at $140,000. Polamalu paid for all the NIKE brand wares and NIKE assisted in the cost and shipment.
“I would like to thank everyone for the invitation and opportunity to come here, I have been here a couple of times myself. There are 1,500 NFL players and 1,200 of them are Nike athletes. There are only a few of these 1,200 players that Nike asks more of, like players such as Troy Polamalu,” Sherman said, “and it is guys like him, that we are honored to be associated with. Troy Polamalu wanted to make sure that every kid and every player had the highest quality of equipment, to compete at the highest level.”
“Along with Brand Athletics we are donating one full jersey, pants, t-shirt, belt, shorts, socks, and a pair of cleats, and a girdle, which one of the most protected piece of equipment the kids wear underneath their pants to protect them from injuries, every player will receive this equipment, as far as the helmet and shoulder pads go, that will be brought over next spring,” he added.
A video message from Polamalu was shown, in which the Steelers star spoke to the kids who will be using the football gear.
“You have to remember who you are representing, this is not just about you. You are representing your Samoan heritage, and I am very happy to be representing Nike, and I want to thank them,” Polamalu said. “And I can’t wait to get there to American Samoa on June 11 of 2010.”
Alex Holmes, Troy’s brother-in-law, touched on some things about Troy, his faith in God, and commitment to his family.
“Hopefully we can get back to work with other sports, and with the girls, like in track and field and other sports with in a few years, God bless you all and thank you all for hosting us,” said Miletich, who runs Polamalu’s family office.
The jerseys along with hats and the football pants were presented to representatives of each high school, who posed in their new jerseys, along with Director of Education Dr. Claire T. Poumele and all head coaches from each high school football team.
Lt. Governor Faoa Aitofele Sunia and DOE Director Taimalelagi Dr. Claire Poumele were on hand today to thank representatives of Polamalu and NIKE for the donation.
Here are a couple of videos from the trip:
A Siva Tau dance by Marist High School on American Samoa. They performed it for us when we delivered the Nike gear to their school on behalf of Troy Polamalu. These kids have great heart.
The Stadium singing in gratitude for Troy