The 31 year old former Guam international talks about the current state of sports facilities and coaching in Guam
Q: What is your most memorable moment in sports?
A: My most memorable sports moment would have to be the 1991 South Pacific Games in Papua New Guinea. I played small forward and center for Guam's basketball team in that SPG. It was my first time to go off island since high school and represent the island. It was a real honor to play for Guam. We went all the way to the gold-medal game, and played against American Samoa. Even though they beat us, it's one of my most memorable achievements. The 1995 SPG in Tahiti was the last SPG I went to, and I also played basketball in the 1994 and 1998 Micronesian Games.
Q: What is your all-time favorite book or movie about sports? Tell us why.
A: I think my favorite sports movie would be "Remember the Titans." It's about bringing two ethnic groups together to play for a team during a time when it wasn't fully accepted. The movie showed that, despite that conflict, it is possible to get along as a team and develop the teamwork needed to succeed. When it first came out, I had to have watched it at least three or four times. "Blue Chips" was also good. It showed some of the scandals involved in sports at the college level and what people would do just to have a certain player on the team. "For Love and Basketball" also is one of my favorite sports movies. That movie showed the true meaning of the word 'team.'
Q: What kind of meal do you enjoy after playing sports or working out?
A: I'll eat pizza or spaghetti, or anything else rich in carbohydrates to get back some of the energy I lost while playing or working out.
Q: What do you enjoy most about sports and recreation on Guam?
A: I enjoy coaching the most. I've had my opportunities to play at the interscholastic level and even now with the (Miller Football League). It's my turn to give back to the kids for what sports and athletics had given me. I'm a coach for the Raiders organization in the Mitey Mite division and it's a very rewarding job. You just get this feeling inside when you see the kids so happy, especially when they run a certain play and it works, or if on defense, they put a stop on a play that maybe they think only the older guys can do.
Q: What do you dislike most about sports and recreation on Guam?
A: The lack of facilities, like venues complete with bathrooms, concession stands and bleachers. We don't have many of those here. Also, we need to have more programs to give kids the opportunity to play and develop consistently through levels. Each year the kid gets older, the kid should be introduced to a new level of play. That way, they'll be more prepared for the college level or even the pros. In the states, they have lots of programs and recreation centers for kids to help them advance to higher levels in the sports they choose. Usually, if you see a kid here with a lot of talent or potential, you have to send the kid off island to get the type of training to continue to move on to higher levels.