GUAM FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION

United named as official partner of GFA, National Academy

Guam Football Association and United Airlines officially announced a two-year partnership agreement Tuesday evening at a press conference held at the GFA National Training Center.

"We are honored to have such a distinguished corporate partner as United Airlines support the Guam Football Association," said Richard K. Lai, president of GFA. "The Diamond-level partnership further exemplifies the positive impact Guam Football Association has had over the years in the local community and also is in line with the globally recognized growth and development of the organization. Without the support of all of our corporate partners, including United now, we would not be able to move forward with initiatives and programs that continue to benefit our local community.”

With the partnership, United becomes the official airline of GFA and the Matao and Masakada, Guam men’s and women’s national teams, respectively. Additionally, United is the naming rights sponsor of the GFA National Academy, an elite youth program that matriculates over 100 of Guam’s top youth soccer athletes. The program consists of an educational and a nutritional segment for the athletes in addition to field training. With United’s naming rights sponsorship, the program will now be formally called the United Airlines GFA National Academy.

“United has a strong commitment to further the growth of our sports tourism industry,” said Sam Shinohara, United’s managing director – Business Development Asia/Pacific. “Guam Football Association’s successes with both the Men’s and Women’s National teams have helped to bolster this industry with the participation of teams from China and other neighboring nations in a recent international tournament hosted by Guam. The future of GFA lies in the development of our youth and United is thrilled to be sponsoring the United Airlines GFA National Academy.”

The press conference began with a procession of the academy athletes into United Airlines Field 1 to recite the Inifresi and to sing the Guam hymn. Both Lai and Shinohara provided remarks about the partnership and later unveiled the new logo of the academy program.

United offered each athlete in the Academy branded water bottles and United umbrellas for the athletes’ parents in attendance.

The Academy currently is moving into the final cycle of its third year.

Guam Football Association President Richard Lai, left, and Sam Shinohara, United Managing Director of Business Development for Asia/Pacific, present the new logo for the GFA National Academy, a program for elite youth athletes, during a press conference announcing United Airlines as GFA's official airline partner Tuesday at the GFA National Training Center.

Guam Football Association president Richard Lai , center, with microphone, delivers his welcoming remarks to all in attendance at a press conference announcing United Airlines as GFA's official airline partner Tuesday at the GFA National Training Center. From left to right are Chuck Sova, United Manager of Facility Maintenance, Paula Monk, United Senior Sales Manager for Guam & Micronesia, Sam Shinohara, United Managing Director of Business Development for Asia/Pacific, Lai, Tino San Gil, GFA General Secretary, Gary White, GFA Technical Director and men's national team head coach, and Sang Hoon Kim, GFA Asst. Technical Director and women's national team head coach.

Sam Shinohara, United Managing Director of Business Development for Asia/Pacific, delivers a speech on behalf of United to all in attendance at a press conference announcing United Airlines as Guam Football Association's official airline partner Tuesday at the GFA National Training Center. From left to right are Chuck Sova, United Manager of Facility Maintenance, Paula Monk, United Senior Sales Manager for Guam & Micronesia, Shinohara, Richard Lai, GFA President, and Tino San Gil, GFA General Secretary.

Guam Football Association President Richard Lai, left, and Sam Shinohara, United Managing Director of Business Development for Asia/Pacific, unveil the new logo for the GFA National Academy, a program for elite youth athletes, during a press conference announcing United Airlines as GFA's official airline partner Tuesday at the GFA National Training Center.

Players and coaches of the United Airlines Guam Football Association National Academy and senior national teams, GFA Executives, and United Executives pose for a group photo after a press conference announcing United Airlines as GFA's official airline partner Tuesday at the GFA National Training Center.

 
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