Thursday, February 22, 2007

The children of the CNMI NEED YOUR HELP!!!

I made the team! I'm going to be first string Third Bench! Just kidding! I'm the Left Out!

But seriously folks...

March 25 is getting closer and closer. The first cuts for the newly formed CNMI Men's Football team were made today. We're getting closer to choosing the 11 Men (plus 7 subs) that will face Guam in the CNMI's first International Match (keeps fingers crossed).

We've also come to point where we need to ask for financial assistance. The players are passing this letter around to potential sponsors:

Northern Mariana Islands Football Association

The Northern Mariana Islands Football Association is proud to announce the NMIFA Junior Kick-off. The event will be held on Sunday, March 4, 2007, from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM for children between ages of 5 -15 at the American Memorial Park. This one day skills clinic is designed to increase awareness for the world's most popular sport and encourage our local youths to the right path toward living a healthy lifestyle.

This event will be led by Coach "Ziggy" Korytoski and CNMI Men's and Women's National Teams. Coach Korytoski is a seasoned professional who led the Penn State University Women's Club Team to the 2001 National Championship and is currently an Assistant Coach at Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, as well as the District II Head Coach for Ohio South Olympic Development Program. Korytoski holds a United States Soccer Federation Class B license as well as an NSCAA Premier Diploma.

The cost to participate in the NMIFA Junior Kick-off is $10 per child and registration is open up to and including the day of the clinic. Coach Korytoski will only be on island for a short amount of time to lead the CNMI Men's and Women's National Teams into their first international matches against Guam and this is a rare opportunity for local kids to learn from someone with his experience.

The recent All-School's tournament brought several spirited youngsters to the field and introduced many more to the sport of soccer. While NMIFA's numbers have more than doubled in the past 18 months, there is still a significant amount of local youths left out of the loop due to many reasons, one of which is financial. Our goal is to have esteemed members of our business community work together with NMIFA in providing the NMIFA Junior Kick-off and the experience of Coach Korytoski to as many youngsters as possible by sponsoring local schools.

We ask that you join our efforts by making this rare opportunity available to as many children as possible by sponsoring schools (i.e. 50 children for $500). Any support you can offer will be welcomed and the amount of children you wish to sponsor is up to you. As part of our recognition for you sponsorship we will proudly display your self-provided company banner throughout the NMIFA Junior Kick-off.

We thank you in advance for your support and look forward to acknowledging you during the NMIFA Junior Kick-off. Please make all check payable to the Northern Mariana Islands Football Association.

If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 236-2441 or by fax at 322-5453.

Northern Mariana Islands Football Association
PO BOX 501937
Saipan, MP 96950
Tel No. (670) 236-2441 Fax No. (670) 322-5453
The letter is geared towards local businesses, but if you are currently off-island and would like to help a great program, please consider putting a $20 (or $100!) check in an envelope and mailing it to the address listed above. Leave me a comment on this blog, too, so that I can tell Coach Ziggy to keep an eye out for it.

Volunteers and in-kind contributions can only get us so far. We need cash donations for equipment, uniforms for both National Teams, and so on.

This clinic is a way for us to give back to the community and to raise some needed funds at the same time. Youth sports were an important part of my upbringing, but I was on the East Coast; Kids here don't neccesarily have the same opportunities that I had. This is a chance for you to donate to a great cause that will get a local kid involved in youth sports. I'll do my part by donating my time, but I need your help in donating cash.

So, in closing:

Pretty please?

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