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NMSA is working on future sports development

THE Northern Marianas Sports Association has entered into contract with Practical Solutions that will facilitate grants for capital improvement projects, NMSA announced during the monthly meeting at the Red Cross office in Airport Road last week.

With the help of the company, sports federations that are hosting events for the 2021 Pacific Mini Games will have a chance to earn some financial aid.

Although it does not affect all sports federations it is still a huge help that could expedite CNMI’s recovery and preparations.

In order to qualify the sports organizations have to put together proposals.

Laurie Peterka has been in touch with a few of the federations already which include tennis, va’a, and swimming.

“We are going to create some short proposals which will act as a report and so we are working together,” Peterka said.

 She is currently teaming up with Nick Gross and Ed Arriola to get the process going to aid in their funds for the 2021 Pacific Mini Games.

Arriola is the facilities manager and is appointed as the community chair while Gross is on athlete villages.

Northern Mariana Sports Association President Mike White, center, discusses issues with the sports federations during last Thursday’s membership monthly meeting at the Red Cross office in Airport Road.  Photo by James F. Sablan Jr.Northern Mariana Sports Association President Mike White, center, discusses issues with the sports federations during last Thursday’s membership monthly meeting at the Red Cross office in Airport Road. Photo by James F. Sablan Jr.

“Nick, Ed and I are going to try and chase up this money and hopefully be able to qualify for future projects available through EDA grant funding,” Peterka said.

While Peterka’s team works on this they are also conducting surveys to each federation which are part of a date collection process.

“It is imperative that even if your sport is not hosting you need to give us the data that we are looking for so that we could consult with the CNMI Governor’s Office and come up with the best results of all sports,” she added.

Laurie has broken it down to facility improvements like expanding sports facilities Complex and equipment enhancements for tennis and weightlifting which both fall under the Oleai Sports Complex for the 2021 games.

“Some of you may have separate programs like an aquatic center that might be located somewhere off the sports center and this could help.” said Peterka.

“Trust me when I tell you that I’m trying to give the government an entirely clear picture of how much sports development we need in the CNMI,” she added.

It is also important to know that this report only comes once every four years.

“So this is not only about the 2021 games, but about the next four to six years of your sports development. So I’m working as hard as I can with my team to collect data which is due to the office planning development on Feb. 15,” Peterka said adding that her team needs the federations’ full cooperation as CNMI will not get this chance for another four years.