football-fbs flag

Anthony Chiusano | NCAA.com | August 25, 2016

Hawaii walk-on surprised with scholarship at Sydney zoo

Hawaii has a couple more days until the team kicks off the college football season against California in Sydney, Australia, but it's already been a memorable trip for the Rainbow Warriors' Ryan Tuiasoa.

The redshirt junior running back, who came to the program as a walk-on, was surprised with a scholarship during the team's visit to Taronga Zoo in Sydney.

MORE: Ball State walk-on gets surprised with scholarship during 'game show'

Right after getting up close and personal with one of the zoo's koalas and posing for a picture, Tuiasoa was handed a piece of paper by one of the facility's workers. Caught off guard, Tuiasoa read the paper out loud as his teammates and him celebrated the scholarship announcement.

RELATED: Notre Dame surprises walk-on with scholarship

Making the moment even more special, the video shows Tuiasoa telling his family, who was on hand, the news as they shared hugs.

That's one way to get a little extra motivation heading into the new season.

Undefeated DI women's college volleyball teams in 2019

We're tracking the remaining undefeated NCAA DI women's volleyball teams left in the 2019 season.
READ MORE

College volleyball: Hawaii's Jolie Rasmussen is AVCA National Player of the Week

Hawai'i women's volleyball player Jolie Rasmussen earned Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week honors on Tuesday.
READ MORE

Arizona-Hawaii features two prominent offenses

The offenses of Arizona and Hawaii could make for a high scoring game to begin the college football season.
READ MORE

Subscribe To Email Updates

Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from NCAA.com and our partners