Maxine Fonua 

Stanford University
Laie, HI

"My experience in the classroom has been and still is influenced by the fact that I am Tongan. I am of a minority race and culture that many people haven't even heard of."

Stanford University is one of the most prestigious schools in the United States that has become synonymous with Ivy League Schools like Harvard and Yale. Before attending Stanford, Maxine Fonua attended Punahou School in Hawaii, where she thrived in and out of the classroom. Fonua joined the Rugby team atRead more

Tina Tela 

Provo Steelers Rugby
Orem, UT

"Being able to hit someone without getting arrested is the greatest feeling of all."

Rugby, is one of the most underrepresented sports in collegiate athletics. Although the sport is highly recognizable as the biggest sport for Polynesians worldwide, it has not yet hit its notoriety within the collegiate realm of sports. Tina Tela has helped to spread the rugby spirit throughout most of Utah, when she helped to start the Provo Steelers women's rugby program, as well asRead more

Teki Nau 

Utah Warriors
Salt Lake City, UT

"I was taught to be proud of who I am and also taught to always work hard."

Teki Nau is a member of the Utah Warriors rugby team after playing two years of football at Southern Utah University. After returning from an LDS mission, he decided that rugby would be the route he would choose. Nau currently works for Delta Airlines, but plans on returning to school to finish his Bachelors in Sports Medicine so that he can become a personal trainer one day. Nau is one of threeRead more

Timote Halasima 

Provo Steelers Rugby
Provo, UT

"Most of us think our skills and abilities are going to get us further in life than an education, and they may but there is still a life after sports."

The Provo Steelers Rugby team has become a force to be reckoned with over the years. Capturing titles locally and nationally around the United States, the Steelers have begun to put themselves on the map, with one of their most prized leaders, Timote Halasima. After being a part of the team years prior to his Mormon mission,Read more

Avery Thompson 

Snow College
Laie, HI

"We come from small islands with nothing, but we have faith and we work hard towards our goals and to whatever we want to achieve."

Being raised in Laie is a luxury than many outsiders do not realize. The tight-knit community has come to produce some big names in sports and continues to do so to this day. Avery Thompson is a rugby player at Snow College in Ephraim, UT. The Kahuku High School graduate attended Snow College to play football and later transitioned into rugby, which
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