Every June, coaches from over 35 universities gather at Bountiful High School to participate in the All-Poly Football camp. The coaches come as educators, teaching the camp participants fundamentals and training skills, but they also come as scouts, keeping an eye out for the combination many Polynesian footballers possess: speed, strength and size.
"It is amazing how many kids get spotted here," O. Fotu Katoa says. "These are kids who have never received any attention, but receive that letter from a college."
Individual universities put on most traditional football camps and cost hundreds of dollars to attend. The all-Poly camp, however, is unaffiliated with any one university and unique in the country. It's also cheap. Last year, tuition for the camp was $35. So, instead of kids traveling to one school to compete before its coaches, coaches from multiple schools as far away as Florida come to Bountiful to see these kids in action.
"We're talking Division I football powerhouses," Katoa says. "They know our kids are special and can play this game well."