GFA, collaborators GPD, Airport Police to visit F4S participating schools

GFA, collaborators GPD, Airport Police to visit F4S participating schools

[April 1, 2024 – Harmon, Guam] Guam Football Association, in collaboration with the Guam Police Department, Guam Airport Police, and the Guam Department of Education, will begin pre-scheduled “F4S School Rallies” at elementary schools to deliver character building messages and life skills presentations as part of its Triple J Auto Group Football 4 Schools program beginning Monday.

The school visits with collaborators, as well as players and coaches from Guam’s National Program, is one of three main components of the overall program, which also includes regional football competitions and concludes with a Jamboree event featuring separate boys and girls teams all 24 participating elementary schools. This year’s islandwide Jamboree is set for Apr. 27 at GFA.

“With the Football 4 Schools program, we not only want to deliver an athletic portion of the program to the elementary schools, but we also want to use the sport of football as a vehicle for success and community building, starting with some of our youngest community members,” said Joe Cepeda, GFA General Secretary. “The off-the-pitch component of the program is as integral to each student’s growth and development as the competition on the pitch. Additionally, the school visits are open to all students, where they will interact with program collaborators, meet some of Guam’s National Program players and coaches, and also players and coaches selected to represent their respective schools at regional tournaments and the islandwide Jamboree.

“We are excited for this portion of the program. The delivery of the entire program, for a record-number 24 elementary schools was an intensive undertaking. I would like to thank our collaborators, the GFA Football Events staff, and GFA’s National Program staff, as well as our program sponsors for their confidence in GFA and in this program.”

Sgt. Paul Tapao will be leading the Guam Police Department in the F4S School Rallies and Officers Ray Reyes and Mike Winn will be visiting schools on behalf of the Guam Airport Police.

The program’s title sponsor is Triple J Auto Group. Gold sponsors are Moda Gino’s, Para’isu, Shirley’s Coffee Shop, and Guam Behavior Health and Wellness Center. Silver sponsors are Bank of Guam and IT&E. Bronze sponsors are Steel Athletics, Quick Bites Delivery Guam, and CoreTech International.

Police officer making presentation to kids

Sgt. Paul Tapao of the Guam Police Department delivers an anti-bullying message to students at D.L. Perez Elementary School as part of the Guam Football Association Football 4 Schools Program in this file photo. GFA, GPD, and the Guam Airport Police will be again visiting participating elementary schools in the program to deliver character building messages and life skills presentations to students at the schools. This year’s school visits will be through the week of Apr. 1. Photo by Samantha Bautista / GFA

The F4S School Rallies will take place the week of Apr. 1:

Apr 1:

9 a.m. – Upi Elementary School

10 a.m. – D.L. Perez Elementary School

1:15 p.m. – Wettengel Elementary School

Apr 2:

8 a.m. – iLearn Academy Charter School

9 a.m. – Adacao Elementary School

10 a.m. – Maria Ulloa Elementary School

1:15 p.m. – Finegayan Elementary School

3 p.m. – Liguan Elementary School

Apr. 3:

9 a.m. – P.C. Lujan Elementary School

9 a.m. – B.P. Carbullido Elementary School

10 a.m. – Guahan Charter School

10 a.m. – Capt. H.B. Price Elementary School

1:15 p.m. – Harvest Christian Academy

Apr. 4

9 a.m. – C.L. Taitano Elementary School

9 a.m. – Bishop Baumgartner Memorial Catholic School

10:45 a.m. – Tamuning Elementary School

1 p.m. – M.U. Lujan Elementary School

1 p.m. – St. Francis Catholic School

Apr. 5

9 a.m. – Marcial A. Sablan Elementary School

10 a.m. – Merizo Martyrs Elementary School

1:30 p.m. – Inalahan Elementary School

1:30 p.m. – St. Anthony Catholic School

The Guam National Program athletes will kick off school presentations with a short football activity, followed by introductions. The athletes will speak to students on why they are committed to Guam’s National Program and how core values, including respect for others, influence their overall development and success. The presentation is based on GFA’s new Respetu Campaign, implemented this year during the Triple J Auto Group Robbie Webber Youth League.

Guam Police Department and the Guam Airport Police collaborators will continue with a presentation on saying no to drugs and development as community role models. Additionally, a presentation on the importance of good mental health will be delivered to students.

The school’s representative teams set to play in the islandwide Jamboree will be introduced to their classmates following the presentations by collaborators.

The islandwide Jamboree is set for Apr. 27 beginning at 8 a.m. For more information about the program, contact the GFA Football Events Department via E-mail at [email protected]