Ata Malifa Glendale Raptors


Position

Center

Height

5-11

Weight

205lbs

Age

Hometown

Apia, Samoa


Ata Malifa was born in Apia, the capital city of the South Pacific island nation of Samoa. He attended high school in Auckland, New Zealand, and remained there to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Athlete development from Unitec. He began playing rugby at 10 years of age, and cites his parents as a major inspiration to play: “They gave me good guidance growing up and instilled the importance of hard work. They inspire me to play at the highest level. They always get the best out of me.” Ata’s family includes his wife and son, and four siblings, including his twin brother Nese. He has represented the USA Eagles in both 7s and 15s, and has represented Samoa in tennis, cricket, and soccer.