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Taliuta “Tali” Viliamu-Asa, the mother of Kyngstonn Viliamu-Asa, an Adidas All-American 5-Star 2024 LB from St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, California, shares her valuable insights on raising a football star while maintaining a strong focus on academics. As the defending national champions, Tali's advice resonates with parents who have children aspiring to pursue the path of high school football.

When asked about advice for parents, Tali emphasizes the importance of passion and genuine love for the game. She believes that if a child has a true passion for football, parents should support their journey. Tali acknowledges that this journey starts well before high school, and parents should take an active role in navigating it with their child, envisioning the desired outcome. "Know your end result for this process," she advises, encouraging parents to develop a strong mindset that encompasses all aspects of life.

Tali advocates for continuous growth and challenges, urging parents not to shy away from healthy competition. She advises parents to encourage their children to play multiple sports and not settle for comfort and complacency. Tali suggests that parents should challenge their child by placing them on teams with other talented individuals, allowing them to develop their skills further. "Be the competition to beat!" she emphasizes, highlighting the importance of embracing challenges.

Academics are a top priority in Tali's household. She firmly believes that education should always come first, even when nurturing athletic talent. Tali encourages parents to prioritize their child's brainpower over physical abilities, recognizing that a solid education will have a lasting impact beyond high school. "A degree will take you further than talent ever will," she states, emphasizing the long-term benefits of academic development.

When it comes to the overwhelming recruitment process, Tali advises parents to stay grounded and involve their children in activities outside of sports. She suggests leveraging the knowledge and experience of coaches and parents who have been through the process. Tali reminds parents to conduct their own research and not be solely reliant on rankings or stars, as they can be unpredictable. Building strong relationships, both within the sports community and beyond, is essential for long-term success. Tali also warns against sacrificing a child's education for short-term gains and urges parents not to burn bridges during this journey.

Tali's journey with her son Kyngstonn has been one of dedication and a commitment to excellence both on and off the field. Her insights serve as a valuable guide for parents who wish to support their children's athletic dreams while ensuring a strong academic foundation. By fostering a genuine passion for the game, prioritizing education, and navigating the recruitment process wisely, parents can empower their children to reach their full potential.

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