25 Sep GFA donates weightlifting platforms to schools
[September 25, 2020 – Harmon, Guam] Four of Guam’s high schools were recipients of weightlifting platforms for their respective school gyms courtesy of Guam Football Association set for use beginning this school year once students are able to return to schools.
The platforms, all in brand-new condition, were donated to Father Duenas Memorial School, John F. Kennedy High School, Okkodo High School, and Simon Sanchez High School. The 8 ft. x 8 ft. hardwood lifting platforms, by Legend Fitness, are valued at about $5,000 each based on the purchase price and shipping.
“GFA President Tino San Gil got a hold of me and asked if I had enough space for a weightlifting platform for the gym, and it was an immediate yes,” said Eladio Manansala, John F. Kennedy High School Athletic Director and Physical Education & Health teacher. “We have a lot of space and we can use the donated equipment. A lot of the athletes here are into weight training for their respective sports, so we’ll definitely use the donated platform.
“I would like to thank Tino (San Gil) and GFA for this generous donation. This will be a big help for our sports program, and also for all of our students who use the gym,” Manansala added.
The platforms, originally purchased for use in the Guam Football Association National Training Center’s Fitness Center, were extra units from the current set up at the Harmon facility.
Although in-school learning is temporarily suspended due to the COVID19 pandemic restrictions, GFA donated the platforms to be ready for use when schools open and gyms are ready for use by students.
“I am very pleased to know that the platforms will go to good use at the high schools,” said Tino San Gil, GFA President. “We are looking at all ways we can continue to assist the community, especially during this COVID19 pandemic.
“Particularly for our island’s schools, we are always open to discuss how to bring the sport of football to students and how we can assist their current football or physical education programs,” San Gil added.
GFA traditionally donates training equipment to schools participating in interscholastic soccer leagues and during special events.
John F. Kennedy High School Athletic Director and Physical Education & Health teacher Eladio Manansala (left), Guam Football Association President Tino San Gil (center), and John F. Kennedy High School Vice Principal of Student Support Service and Interscholastic Sports Jay Antonio (right) pose for a photo with GFA’s donation of a brand new Legend Fitness 3195 hardwood lifting platform at the John F. Kennedy High School gym in this Aug. 10 file photo. GFA donated a total of four platforms to schools, with one each to Father Duenas Memorial School, John F. Kennedy High School, Okkodo High School, and Simon Sanchez High School.