It was a pleasant surprise last month when linebacker Tevita Lataimua, who was all but ruled out, met the requirements to play for the Rainbow Warriors this year.
What wasn't a surprise was that LEMO had produced another successful graduate.
LEMO is a not-for-profit, California-based foundation that offers a program for youths assisting in academics, athletics and life skills. It's a full menu, requiring youths to focus on all areas. There is no fee to participate.
Lataimua credited LEMO with providing support.
Two of Lataimua's UH teammates — Leo Koloamatangi and Matt Koloamatangi — also are LEMO graduates.