The mission of PICO is to teach and develop football skills and fundamentals to our student athletes, while fostering and nurturing them through education and cultural awareness to become men of substance.
The Pacific Islander Coaches of Oregon (PICO) provides summer sport camps, clinics, and training for children ages 8-14 years old throughout Portland Metropolitan area.
PICO was founded in 1998 by Ace Salu. The philosophy is to use sport as a tool to educate, teach and mentor our youth to become successful in life.
The Pacific Islander Coaches of Oregon started their annual sports camp in 1999 as a way to educate, empower and encourage youth, especially Pacific Islander/American youths, to be proud of their culture and heritage.
Our summer camp is five days of enhancing athletic skills, broadening social skills and providing a drug free and safe environment. At camp the youth learn and begin demonstrating positive leadership, team-building skills, social appropriateness, and are taught role modeling for younger peers.
Also in 1998, PICO, in a collaborative effort with the International Refugee Center of Oregon (IRCO) and with a grant from the city of Portland, funded the first PICO Learning Center that served over 100 Asian and Pacific Islander students of the Portland Public School District. The Learning Center provided an after-school homework club, tutoring, arts and crafts, computer access and many more activities. Many students who attended dramatically improved their grade point average, which was the goal of the PICO Learning Center.
Through empowerment strategies and group-building activities, we teach individuals who participate in our program to advocate for themselves.
Sports was the tool that bought these youth to camp. But as each student found out PICO camp is a lot more than learning how to play a sport. It is the learning of the life lessons taught by coaches and guest speaker each day that will make a difference in their young lives.
PICO prohibits discrimination on the basis of age, color, creed, disability, martial status, national origin, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation.
PICO Camp Staff
Members staffing PICO events are some of the best former collegiate and professional players:
- 2008 Green Bay Packers: Cornerback
- 2005-07 Portland State University
- Beaverton High School Head Football Coach
- 1984-89 Portland Stae University DL
- 1983-86 Occidental College, Captain 1986
- 1st Team All SCIAC 1985 & 86
- 2nd Team All SCIAC 1984
- SCIAC Champions 1983, '84, '85
- NCAA Division III National Playoffs 1983, '84, '85
- Played Linebackers for the Tigers from 83-87
- Coached PICO Flag Football/ Portland Parks and Recreation League
- Tony, the Chief of Emergency Services at Kaiser Permanente Northwest, is married to Susan Bigcraft, with two children: Kat and Dante.
- 1988-91 Portland State University
- Played Linebacker for the Vikings
- Linebacker coach for Sunset High School til 2006
- Jeff is the principal for St. Agatha Catholic School, he and his wife, Amy, have two children, John and Robert.
- Highlights: Started the season at outside linebacker, then flip-flopped between that position and fullback for a few weeks as injuries wiped out the offensive backfield. Ended up as the backup fullback for seven weeks, and finally the started the last two games. Rushed 34 times for 148 yards and one touchdown, caught 12 passes for 93 yards and a touchdown as well.
- Best game was against Montana State (11/10), when he carried 16 times for 79 yards and caught five passes, including a 20-yarder for touchdown
- Rushed eight times for 25 yards and a touchdown, and caught five passes for 63 yards in his other start - the season-ending win at Northern Colorado (11/17)
- Made two tackles, including a sack, as a linebacker in the season opener at McNeese State (9/1).
- Was named second team All-Conference at Mt. SAC in 2005... Played two seasons.
- Lettered three years in football at Carson High School.
- Earned first team All-League and second team All-American honors.
- 1997 New Orleans Saints 1st Round Pick
- University of Oregon CB
- SPARQ Conditioning Trainer
Kitiona 'JR' Peneueta
- Samoana High School 1986
- '86-'87 Carroll College,OG, DT
- '93-'98 NWFL-Oregon Thunderbolts, C, OG, OT, DT
- '97 NWFL ALL-League Offensive Tackle
- '97Player/Coach Offensiveline
- '01-'08 Youth Football Parent Assistant Coach - Vancouver Parks and Rec Fall, Winter Leagues
- '08 Youth Football Head Coach - Vancouver Parks and Rec Winter League
- '03-'08 PICO camp volunteer
- '03-'08 Parent volunteer for Evergreen School district
- Currently works at the Gap Inc. as Loss Prevention Professional Supervisor Oregon/Utah
- Married 13 years with 11 & 8 year old sons, 4 year old daughter.
- Portland State University 1985-89: FS-1st team All Conference Western Football Conference
- 1989- NWFL 1st Team All Star as FS, SS
- He is currently a Custody Service Specialist for Juvenile Justice Department.
- Mike is married with a son.
- Oklahoma University 1982-86: Tight End
- National Championship in 1985
- Roommate with Jamelle Hollieway OU QB
- Football All American in High School
- 1st Team All State in Football and Basketball
- Played with the Orlando Thunder in World League
- Terry is currently an AAU coach and Owner of FAST
- Certified trainer in SPARQ training
- Married to Melissa with two children: Payton and Lexie
- All League Selection LB/RB Lincoln High School
- Shasta JCC - SS
- Oregon Thunderbolts: SS
- QB/ DB varsity coach for McKay High School
- Offensive Coordinator for Oregon Thunderbolts
- Assistant Coach Team USA Football
- NW Regional Scouting Director Team USA Football
- Injuries forced Christian to retired from football.
- Started coaching in 2001 at McKay High School where he currently works in Special Education
- Also, he is calling the shots for Semi-pro Oregon Thunderbolts team as the offense coordinator where he has earned two league scoring titles and a regional game appearance (2007)
- Christian is married to Kia with children: Genesis, Johnathen and Shelby.
- Tafuna High School 1982-86
- Football: Team captain for 2 years /All Star-League player of the month
- Basketball- won High School Championship as Junior
- Yakima Valley Community College-1986-87 LB converted to DE: started as a true freshman
- Portland State University: DE; 1988-91; played for head coach Pokey Allen
- Three time conference champions: Western Football Conference Div II.
- National runner-up -- lost to North Dakota State in 1988 Championship game.
- Holds single playoff record for Portland State Football w/2 sacks against in PA
- Holds a Bachelor Degree in Administration of Justice; Master Degree in Public Administration
- CEO of PICO Sports, Camps and Training for Youths.
- Married to Paula with three children: Nate, TJ and Malakai.
- Samoan High School 1983
- US Army 1988-91
- Oregon Thunderbolts 1992-2003 DT/DE
- Married to April with two children.
- 1984-87- Yakima Valley Community College- 2nd team All Conference
- 1987-88- Portland State University- 2nd Team all Conference
- 1987- Led the Team in tackles with 85.
- 1987- Led team with 13.5 sacks
- 1989-NWFL All Star
- 1995-NWFL All American
- Ina anchored the PSU defensive front that led PSU to 2 national appearances.
- He is a competitive outrigger locally and nationally.
- Married to Megan with three children.
- Hawthorne High School (Inglewood, CA)
- Football: Linebacker (1994 - 1998)
- As a Mormon, Keti did his mission in Panama (1998 - 2001)
- Elcamino Junior College
- Football: Linebacker (2003 & 2004 Season) First Team All Conference Linebacker
- Portland State University
- Football: Linebacker and Fullback (2005 & 2006 Season)
- Oregon Thunderbolts, Linebacker (2007 - )
- Trilingual: Tongan, Spanish and Hawaiian
- University of Cal Berkley - OT
- See Chet Teofilo's current bio
Plus guest instructors as available.
Here's what one parent says:
"The PICO Camp was a great experience for the kids! Our group had seven kids ranging in skill level from complete beginner to more experienced players -- all of the kids had a great time and came out of the camp with more skills than when they entered! The kids really responded well to the coaches, who exuded both a positive attitude and a sense of fun.
"The PICO Camp also brought in motivational speakers -- athletes who had overcome adversity and were able to triumph through perseverance and hard work. Their stories reinforced the concept that if you believe in yourself, anything is possible. I would highly recommend the PICO Camp to players of all skill levels. We are coming back again this year, and we're bringing more friends!"
-- Gina Lannin, Canby, OR
Thank You Sponsors!
PICO would like to thank all of the businesses and individuals that have helped support this summer camp throughout the years through their generous donations:
- ISA Training Facility
- Roosevelt High School
- Portland Parks and Recreation School Lunch Program
- Multnomah County Juvenile Justice Division
- Noho's Hawaiian Cafe
- EA Sports
- Christine Sharp
- Aiga Foundation
- NorCal Scouting
- Fred Meyer
- Center for Intercultural Organizing
- Portland State University Athletic Department
- Joe's Sports and Outdoor Store
Volunteer With Us!
Please contact PICO if you would like to volunteer with one of our trainings or camps.
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