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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.

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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.

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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.

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