Church member in American Samoa gets volleyball scholarship to Texas university
The Somoa News reports on Fetuao Fa’asavalu, a high school volleyball standout who earned a scholarship to play at Western Texas College in Snyder, Texas (between Lubbock and Abilene).
The athlete is a member of the Nu’uuli Church of Christ in Pago Pago, American Samoa, where her father, Luaao Soli, serves as minister. American Samoa is a U.S. territory in the South Pacific, about 2,500 miles south of Hawaii. The athlete’s brother, Junior Luaao, also is her coach.
Fetuao’s advice to all the young female athletes who are still vying for a scholarship opportunity such as this; “just be patient, have a humble heart, and play hard when you get the chance. And always remember, practice makes perfect.”
With the talent that she has now, Fetuao would’ve never been able to encounter such a scholarship, without the help of her coach and family member, brother Junior Luaao, who told Samoa News about the story of his coaching career with Fetuao, “what really brings joy to my heart, is to see one of our players make it out there, especially the people from the island, making it academically, and with the help of some of the coaches that were down here, it brought a lot of great joy to us.”
He added, “throughout my coaching career, I have seen some ups and downs for my players, the talent is there, but the most struggles we have here on island is academic. Our goal for both myself and brother Bill from both congregations, was to have the players expose themselves the best physically, mentally, and spiritually. As you all know, college life is full of temptations, but to have that spiritual goal and putting God first in your life will definitely have you accomplish the goals in life.”
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FeedbackWhat an honor to have visited with Brother Soli and been blessed to worship with the church and to break bread with him and his family. I will treasure my time in American Samoa always in my heart.Dwight WhitsettJanuary, 19 2012Very excited for her! God’s very Richest Blessings! Butch Capo NWChurch.netButch CapoJanuary, 19 2012The Soli family members are a tremendous asset for the Lord as they work to spread the Word throughout American Samoa and beyond. We were highly impressed with their love for the youth and dedication to their spiritual, mental and physical development. We were highly encouraged as we worked with the Solis and others to hold the first Camp Alofa last June.Jerry SouthernJanuary, 23 2012