Former Saint Louis Crusader Shaun Kauleinamoku will soon find a new home miles away in Asia where he was selected in the first-ever China Arena Football League draft.
The Ewa Beach native who is a current wide receiver for the Philadelphia Soul was picked in the 4th round by the Shanghai Skywalkers. Players were selected from five nations for the very first CAFL draft. Kauleinamoku will add mileage to the Skywalkers roster as he has gone over a thousand yards with 21 touchdowns this season for the Soul, helping them get into position for post-season play at 9-3.
Kauleinamoku will join a strong Hawaii contingent as the Skywalkers also picked up former Rainbow Warrior Quarterback Shane Austin and Receiver Mike Washington. Austin is currently a part of the Portland Steel AFL squad and Washington is a member of the Tampa Bay Storm team.
The CAFL season doesn’t commence until October, but Kauleinamoku is grateful and ready for his future overseas.
“I’m pretty stoked for the opportunity to take American Football or AFL over to China and just excited that who ever thought a local boy from Ewa Beach Hawaii would be going out to China and getting drafted in 2016 to start off the first year in AFL China so yeah really excited for the opportunity,” said Kauleinamoku.
With the AFL post-season coming up, Kauleinamoku said first things first on his priority list and that’s claiming a championship title on the home turf first.
“We know China is there in the rear view mirror, we’re focused right now on this season with the Philadelphia Soul and the 2016 season and finishing off winning a championship first and then we’ll focus on China when that time comes,” said Kauleinamoku.
The Philadelphia Soul will face Austin’s Portland Steel next Monday at Portland on ESPN3 at 4p HST.