Tagovailoas return to Ilima Intermediate to give motivational speech

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A pair of Hawai’i high school football legends and current college football stars made their way back to their old stomping grounds of Ilima Intermediate School in Ewa Beach Thursday morning to speak to current students.

Alabama quarterback and College Football Playoff National Championship Game MVP Tua Tagovailoa was joined by his cousin, Notre Dame defensive tackle Myron Tagovailoa-Amosa in a homecoming ceremony.

Tua and Myron spoke to the kids about the importance of family after spending their freshman years thousands of miles away from their home in Ewa. 

“I think it means a lot to them and it means more to me.” Tua said.

“Just to pave the way for the little kids coming up. A lot of these kids still have a ways to go, they still have high school to go but I think a little word of encouragement helps a lot. This is kind of where everything started so it’s a good opportunity for me to represent where I’m from.”

The Kapolei graduate Tagovailoa-Amosa remembers being inspired by others who came back to speak while he was in intermediate. 

“I was once here, and I know when I was here seeing the other guys who had success come back, it meant a lot to me so just to be an inspiration to these kids it means a lot.” He said. 

The 2016 Cover2 Marcus Mariota player of the year award winner out of Saint Louis spent his 7th grade year at Ilima before moving over to Kalaepohaku. 

After battling with a broken index finger for much of spring practice, Tagovailoa is undergoing physical therapy while back in Hawai’i and says his rehabilitation is going well. 

“It’s going good.” Tagovailoa said.

“Everything’s ready to make that move in fall. It’s healing good, it’s on the right track. We just got to get back into throwing and once we start getting the ball rolling there then we should be fine.”

Ewa Beach will host a parade for Tua celebrating his National Championship this Saturday at 10:00am beginning at the Ewa Boys & Girls Club. 

The parade is scheduled to follow the Ewa Beach Christmas Parade Route: Ewa Beach Boys & Girls Club, to Ft. Weaver Rd., to Kuhina St., to Hanakahi St., to North Rd., to Ft. Weaver Rd.

Here is a timeline of the events: 

10:00 – 10:30 am Parade

10:30am “29th ID Schofield Army Band” JROTC Color Guard

10:45am Opening Prayer/ Vision

10:55am Certificate Presentation

11:10am CEH Hula Team

11:15am Galu’s speech (Tua’s dad)

11:20am Emcee: Tony Silva (Transition; announcement)

11:25am Tua’s Speech

11:40am Koko & friends

12:00pm Jason Mokulehua Halau

12:35pm MC Transition

*Tua’s Cultural dance

(Tua transition to booth for photo session & autographs)


12:40pm Dr. Glenn Medeiros (singing)

1:00pm 25th ID Army Music Band

2:00 pm Life 360

3:00pm Richard Gideon

4:00 pm Kaulana Pakele

5:00pm Closing

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