Mariota jerseys, football up for grabs

LIHUE — The silent auction at St. Theresa School’s carnival just got a whole lot hotter.

Up for grabs: A pair of football jerseys, signed by Marcus Mariota, framed by Plus Interiors.

“We are most fortunate,” said Principal Mary-Jean Buza Sims. “An anonymous alumni of St. Theresa School was able to get these jerseys. Not only that, after securing the jerseys, they were able to get Marcus Mariota to autograph them. The donor also sent along a Marcus Mariota-autographed football from when he was inducted into the Polynesian Hall of Fame.”

Marlene Eliana of Plus Interiors — who was busy trying to figure out how to get the huge frames into Buza Sims’ car at Kukui Grove Center Saturday — said one is a black jersey with Mariota’s autograph on the front. The other is also black, with the autograph on the front in yellow emblazoning.

That jersey also sports Mariota’s name and number on the back, also in yellow.

Buza Sims said all the items will be available for bidding at the school carnival’s silent auction which opens Friday and Saturday, from 6 to 11 p.m., at the Kekaha school campus.

In addition to the silent auction, the carnival offers a variety of food, games, entertainment and other fun activities on both days.

Mariota, projected to be drafted in the first round by the National Football League, is a graduate of St. Louis High School on Oahu and University of Oregon where he finished by winning the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award, Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award and Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award in 2014.

The NFL draft takes place April 30.

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