Toa's journey of a thousand miles

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Raised by 32 people in 40 months
“A journey of a thousand miles begins with one step”…..please help Toa take that step.

August 22, 2014, it was time- Friday Night Lights! Toa was playing his first game of his senior season (actually a pre-season game) in Tallahassee at 7:00 PM; excitement was an understatement. The team had been working all summer to prepare. Toa was heading into his senior year as a committed NCAA-Division 1 athlete and scheduled to attend University of Alabama- Birmingham in the fall on a full football scholarship. Needless to say, life was pretty sweet!

At 7:06 PM, things took a terrible turn; Toa went down on the 6th play of the game to never take the field again. Our worst fear realized; a torn ACL- we were beyond devastated. What I dreaded more than the injury was the phone call I needed to make to the coaching staff at UAB to let them know what was going on. Without hesitation, they agreed to honor his scholarship; I can’t tell you the relief we had.

That relief was short lived because at the end of the football season we learned that the UAB football program was shutting down- and taking Toa’s hopes and dreams with it. The past 7 ½ months have been very trying. Schools that had a previous interest in Toa aren’t willing to take a chance on him without seeing him play football again.

Taking into consideration eligibility and opportunity, it is apparent that our only solution is to send Toa to a Post Graduate program at a prep school. I am confident the one we have selected and that he has been accepted to, will give him the absolute best chance of being recruited by a Division 1 college(s) again to earn a fulll scholarship and get that college education he so deserves. However, the price of the school is out of my reach; even with some assistance to attend. The school is called East Coast Prep. It is owned and operated by a very well respected Coach named Dick Bell. He has played in the NFL, been a sports agent and a recruiter and is very well connected. The school is located in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

As a mom, it has been extremely difficult watching him go through all he has gone through this year. Toa has handled this stumble in the road with grace; never letting anyone know how truly discouraged he was. I know that so many of you have kept up with him since he first verbally committed to UAB in July 2014; I am sure your hearts break, as does mine, watching the events that have unfolded since. 

I am putting my pride aside, trusting in God and asking you for help. I know our goal is high, but when the sky is the limit you have to aim high!  Please remember a contribution of ANY amount would help and be greatly appreciated. I am confident that Toa has what it takes to achieve great success in football and in life……he just needs a chance to make it happen.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for being on this journey with us and taking the time to read our story.

Philippians 4:6- Dont worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.  Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done- NLT

**Donations can also be made directly to an account at FirstAtlantic Bank- contact me for the details if you prefer that method, Thank you.

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This would not have been possible without all the help we received. Thank you again so much- closing this chapter and moving on to the next! Go Blazers! Go Valdosta State University!!
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Wow! What a journey we've been on, but today is the day we've worked so hard for- National Signing Day!! This morning Toa signed his NLI to attend Valdosta State University! Although it's been a long road, this momma Never Gave Up! I knew in my heart that he was going to end up somewhere , it was just a matter of where!
I want to thank ALL of you who contributed to this fund to make this possible. Without you, he would have not been able to attend ECP and play football proving that he was physically able to hit the field again, so from the bottom of our hearts ❤️ THANK YOU!! #GoBlazers #NSD16 #VSU
Best way to start our morning!!
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Patience is the word of the day, every day, around our house. Toa did great at the showcase and talked to a lot of schools, but we are still waiting for someone to make him an offer. Please keep him in your prayers; he worked so hard on his grades and athletics over the past 4 months.
He is NCAA Division 1 qualified and we are praying that an opportunity to get a great education and play the sport he loves comes along - I am positive he will end up right where he belongs!

Thank you all!
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Thanksgiving break! Toa is home for 10 days then goes back up for the college showcase. This is a showcase where ECP host college coaches and allows them time to interview players, watxh scrimmages and 1 on1s. Two big things to get over- get the final SAT score and this showcase. I am confident we will come out of this exactly where we are supposed to! Look for future updates! Here is a picture of Toa and his brother Tai at the arrival gate in Orlando International Airport yesterday!!
My heart is whole!❤️
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