Matao works with Make A Wish to grant child's wish
[June 13, 2015 - Tamuning, Guam] Matao head coach Gary White, captain Jason Cunliffe, and teammates Ryan Guy and A.J. DeLaGarza took some time off from their training camp to visit Miguel Rosario, a patient in Guam Memorial Hospital's Pediatric ICU, who will be leaving Guam to the Philippines for surgery due to complications from a congenital heart disease.
The surprise visit was coordinated by Make-A-Wish Foundation - Guam Chapter, which grants wishes to children with life-threatening diseases. MAWF Executive Director Victor Camacho was on hand for the presentation, along with Ray Haddock from the Orange Crushers FC, GMH nurses, and Rosario's parents Michael and Annie.
Mini futsal tournament held for at-risk visiting students
Thirteen-year-old GianCarlo Abril thoroughly enjoyed a rare opportunity to play in a mini-futsal tournament with visiting students from Japan at the University of Guam Fieldhouse and hopes to participate in future exchanges.
“It was a great event to interact with people from different cultures who play the same sport,” said Abril, an incoming freshman at Father Duenas Memorial School. “We don’t have many opportunities to play futsal, so this was a great experience for me, and for others on the team. I’d love to participate in future events like this one.”
Abril was one of a handful of Guam’s U14 and U16 national team training squad members who competed against visiting students from Japan’s Wasegaku High School system during their annual excursion to Guam.
GFA hold mini futsal tourney in exchange program
When visiting 17-year-old Hiroki Yamaguchi looked through a list of activities available in the afternoon portion of his school’s cultural and sports exchange day at University of Guam, he picked futsal and was thrilled with his decision.
“We don’t normally play futsal in school,” Yamaguchi said through a translator. “Futsal was my favorite activity today. Even though the Guam team was so strong, we still had a lot of fun.”
Yamaguchi’s teammate Shota Izawa also enjoyed playing futsal with other visiting Japanese students and local teams despite not playing the sport, or its outdoor version, soccer, often in Japan.