Lia Maivia was known throughout the world as the wife of WWE Hall of Famer and wrestling legend High Chief Peter Maivia, originator of the Samoan Dynasty. Lia was the first female promoter in a very male-dominated sport, and was greatly respected, loved, and even feared by everyone who knew her. She was the mother of Ata Maivia-Johnson and grandmother of Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, also aunt to the Wild Samoans. She had a fierce passion for life, her family, music, and dance. This scholarship was formed by Afa and Lynn Anoa'i to honor this great lady and all she has done for the sport of professional wrestling throughout the years. The "Alofa Forever" and "High Chief Peter Maivia" wines are available for purchase with proceeds to benefit Usos Foundation.
The son of Pamela and Fritz Fedele of The Florida Auctioneer Academy, Adam's life was tragically cut short in an automobile accident the weekend of his 21st birthday. He was a handsome young man, full of life, and enjoyed every moment. Mr. Fedele once stated that if Usos Foundation had relocated to Florida a year earlier, Adam would have found his passion in professional wrestling and might still be with us today. The scholarship was established by his parents and family to keep his memory alive.
The Samoan Bulldozer was one of the most liked and well-known wrestlers of his time. He was the nephew of the Wild Samoans, brother of Rikishi and The Tonga Kid, and a proud member of the Samoan Dynasty. Eki was always full of humor, drive, and determination. It was a tragedy to lose him at a young age, but his legacy lives on through his five sons and the scholarship that bears his name. Afa the Wild Samoan and Rikishi established this scholarship.
Manuel "Manny" Leibert lived every day of his 98 years to the fullest. He was a great philanthropist, and a mentor, friend, and father figure to WWE Hall of Famer Afa the Wild Samoan. Manny graduated from Boston University School of Law, where he obtained his Juris Doctorate, then served in the United States Air Force as a Master Sergeant in World War II. In 1929, he began his career in boxing as a promoter, manager, trainer, and second corner, and was a founder of the Connecticut Boxing Guild. His other passion was professional wrestling. He promoted this sport, and that's how Afa met and became great lifelong friends with him. Manny had a successful law practice as well as owning The Leibert Corporation. In 1991, the City of Hartford, Connecticut honored him by naming a street after him. Manny was the loving husband of Shirley, and father of Richard and Peter Leibert, an extended family of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Afa wants to keep the memory of his friend alive by honoring his name, and asked his son Richard for his blessing to establish a scholarship in Manny's name.
Contact Usosfoundation@aol.com if you are interested in establishing an Usos Foundation Scholarship in the memory of a loved one.
The following people have been recipients of Usos scholarships to attend The Wild Samoan Training Center.
Noah Carragher- Eki "Umaga" Fatu Scholarship
Tony Smith- Manny Leibert Scholarship
Laurel Bullock Varty- Lia Maivia Scholarship
Jake Eschelweck- Eki "Umaga" Fatu Scholarship
Bryan Wolosyn- Manny Leibert Scholarship
Elvis Maleko- Lia Maivia Scholarship
Kevin Rojas- Lia Maivia Scholarship
Clifford Aubuchon- Lia Maivia Scholarship
Christopher Russo- Lia Maivia Scholarship
Aaron Landis- Adam Carreras Scholarship
Rex Tiumalu - Eki "Umaga" Fatu Scholarship
Kelly Collins Jamil McGee
Wes "Da Biff" Peel
Heriberto Irizarry Jr.
Usos Foundation Board Members
Executive Director: Andy Salgado
President: Afa Anoa'i
Vice President: Lynn Anoa'i
Usos Foundation files a yearly 990-N form to the Department of the Treasury
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Usos Foundation is proud to announce that we have partnered with Charity Wines for their newest brand, Legend Cellars. We are honored to be the first wrestling affiliation with this great fundraising opportunity. Legend Cellars recently released four brand new wines to accompany the eight original wines featuring professional wrestlers. The inaugural release included wines featuring wrestling superstars, The Wild Samoans, Rocky Johnson, Scott Hall, Samu, Haku, The Iron Sheik, Ricky Santana, and the late Davey Boy Smith. The four new wines feature High Chief Peter Maivia, Jimmy "Superfly" Snuka, The Magnificent Don Muraco, and the Alofa Forever sparkling white wine featuring High Chief Peter Maivia and his wife Lia Maivia. Proceeds from the sale of these wines benefits Usos - The Samoan Family Foundation.