We’ve seen plenty of creative, heartwarming "walk-on receives scholarship" videos over the years. But when family is involved, it’s always a little extra special.

The scene: Eugene, Oregon. Football practice. Head coach Willie Taggart calls upon Kaulana Apelu, then a walk-on student-athlete, to take the next rep. Taggart abruptly blows his whistle. The scoreboard lights up — and a familiar face appears.

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It’s Apelu’s mother. Watch:

Congratulations to Apelu on his well-deserved scholarship. This is what college athletics is all about.

Joe Boozell has been a college basketball writer for NCAA.com since 2015. His work has also appeared in Bleacher Report, FOXSports.com and NBA.com. Joe’s claim to fame since joining NCAA.com: he’s predicted the correct national championship game twice… and picked the wrong winner both times. Growing up, Joe squared off against both Anthony Davis and Frank Kaminsky in the Chicagoland basketball scene. You can imagine how that went.

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