Tong Trithara was born in Ayutthaya, Thailand.
At a young age, Tong directly witnessed the hardships many Thai children face. Tong’s family did not have a lot of money, as they were trying to raise seven children on a small income. Thankfully, Tong was raised in the Catholic Church, and he and his siblings were blessed with the opportunity to attend Catholic private school on scholarship. Unfortunately, his mother passed away during his last semester of school, and he made the decision to quit school in order to get a job and support his family.
While living in Bangkok supporting his family, Tong took an interest in Muay Thai. As his passion for kickboxing grew, he found himself in some rough situations. One incident resulted in Tong getting stabbed, and he almost lost his life. Hoping for a better life for his son, Tong’s father, who worked with the American Government, managed to help Tong move to Los Angeles, California in 1971. Once in the US, Tong worked in California for nearly ten years before he received a job offer in Springfield, Missouri. After moving to Missouri, he founded Muay Thai U.S.A to teach the art of fighting from his home country. Through teaching Muay Thai seminars, he has had the opportunity to help many troubled children in the United States.
Tong has also been an entrepreneur since the early 1990s. His ventures have included rental properties, country music clubs, and a successful Thai restaurant. Leveraging his years of business experience and invaluable connections, Tong created Thailand Little Ones (TLO) to fill a void he recognized on one of his trips back home.
In 2015, Tong took a trip to Thailand and witnessed orphaned children’s deep need for resources. Determined to give back to others, Tong created TLO with the mission to see kids with broken homes, children without parents, and children in poverty receive the food, shelter, and educational materials they need to succeed. Thailand Little Ones also supplies orphanages with sporting equipment to provide children safe entertainment and to promote a healthy lifestyle. Since the organization’s founding in 2015, TLO has had the opportunity to work with Buddhist Monks, Catholic churches, and Christian churches to see children receive the help and resources they need.