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PIAA facing financial difficulties

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

"Kaluka Maiava, Manti Te'o, Kealoha Pilares…" Doris Sullivan lists off the names of the well known athletes who have benefitted in some form from the Pacific Islands Athletic Alliance through the years.

However, for all the names that people remember, there are dozens who didn't have the limelight.

"It's the division 1AA or FCS as we call it, the Division Two, the NAIA, the D-3 schools.  Those are the athletes that really need the exposure".

That exposure may soon come to an end if things don't change financially.  Funding cuts and decreased donations have put the PIAA on the brink of closure.

"We're not a recruiting company that charges a lot of money to make it sustainable.  We need help every year.  The only way I can make it sustainable is to charge a lot of money and that would eliminate the low income students and that's who we are working primarily to help" Sullivan explains.

Currently, the PIAA is down $65,000 from its usual budget.

Sullivan says there is enough money for the organization to host its traditional signing day events in November, February and April, but some of the extra benefits student-athletes receive from it are going away.

A two-day SAT workshop that prepares students for the critical exam is not being held.

Sullivan is hoping to raise as much money as possible to between now and May to cover the difference.  If she can't, she says she will slowly phase out more and more of what the PIAA offers, including the signing day extravaganzas.

The PIAA operates as a 501c3 non-profit organization.  Sullivan and her staff are all volunteers.  She has never collected a paycheck from the PIAA.

Though it's the organization that needs saving, she sees it a different way.

"It's not helping me.  It's helping the athletes in Hawaii, the student athletes".

If you would like to make a donation to the PIAA, you can do so through their website:

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