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Published: Tuesday, June 21 2011 11:10 p.m. MDT

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Rational
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

plyxply
SLC, UT

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.

andrewute1
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

EJM
Herriman, UT

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!

Alpine Blue
Alpine, UT

@ Rational

Although 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.

Boo Ya!!!
SLC, UT

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!!!

srh83
Hillsboro, OR

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.

Ernest T. Bass
Bountiful, UT

Feinge never played a snap in the NFL.

Wolverine 04
South Jordan, Ut

Feinga played in the last three games of the year for the Dolphins.

Rational
Salt Lake City, UT

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."

Rational
Salt Lake City, UT

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.

Boo Ya!!!
SLC, UT

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!!!

showmeyatd's
Pleasant View, Utah

Tahi is the man!!!!!!!!!! Keep making all of us proud.

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