GUAM FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION

Sanchez, De Guzman and Laanan receive Academy honors

[October 10, 2015 - Harmon, Guam] Mason Sanchez, Bianca De Guzman, and Joseph Laanan were recently recognized by Guam Football Association National Academy directors and staff as the United Airlines National Academy Players and Coach of the Cycle, respectively, for the program’s third session of 2015 with awards presented by Jamaican Grill.

“Mason has improved very quickly within the last two cycles of this year’s National Academy program,” said Dominic Gadia, Academy director. “This is the by-product of his wok ethic in training, which is exemplary for all players in our program, as well as young athletes on our island.

“A very enthusiastic player, Mason’s playing style always expresses that of fun and creativity,” Gadia added.

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Niu, Kerr, and Hidalgo recognized with GFA National Academy honors

Robert Niu, Layla Kerr, and Rod Hidalgo were recently recognized by United Airlines Guam Football Association National Academy directors and staff as the Jamaican Grill National Academy Players and Coach of the Cycle, respectively, for the program’s final session of 2014.

“Robert continues to demonstrate the qualities of an elite player week in and week out at training,” said Dominic Gadia, Director of the National Academy. “Robert is a very intelligent football player with great leadership skills. He is very confident in organizing and leading his teammates. Robert is technically sound and with his good reading of the game, he makes hard work look effortless.”

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Stenson, Kenney, Cramer receive National Academy honors

Alexander Stenson, Samantha Kenney, and Tyson Cramer were recently recognized by United Airlines Guam Football Association National Academy directors and staff as the Jamaican Grill National Academy Players and Coach of the Cycle, respectively, for the program’s third session of 2014.

“Alexander is a rare player, one who has the potential to perform both as a goalkeeper and as a field player,” said Joe Laanan, National Academy coach. “He always brings a good attitude to training, along with his work ethic and his thirst for improving his goalkeeping techniques. His understanding of the tactical side of the game has helped him excel in goalkeeper training.

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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.”

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Sablan, Doronila, and San Gil recognized with GFA National Academy honors

E.J. Sablan, Celine Doronila and Samuel San Gil were recently recognized by Guam Football Association National Academy directors and staff as the Jamaican Grill National Academy Players and Coach of the Cycle, respectively, for the program’s second session of 2014.

“E.J. is among the top five players of the U10 Boys Academy,” said second cycle U10 coach Joseph Laanan. “He is one of the most consistent when it comes to performance during Academy training sessions. During attack, he has good vision on the field and is able to hit different types of passes once his team wins possession of the ball. He has a strong left-footed shot and is able to dribble well. When defending, he is strong and aggressive and is usually able to recover if a player does manage to get past him. He has no fear in 1v1 situations, in both attacking and defending phases of the game.

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